Herbs are easy to grow indoors. All they need is sunlight and warmth. If your kitchen windowsill isn't the ideal spot for growing herbs, branch out into other rooms because herbs add fragrance and a bright splash of color wherever you plant them.
What to Grow: A Matter of Taste
The hardest part of planting an herb garden is choosing which ones to grow. Why not simply go with what you'll eat?
Do you like Italian food? Grow parsley, oregano, and basil. If you cook a lot of Mexican, Indian, and Southeast Asian dishes, add cilantro to your garden. And how about rosemary for marinades, sage for roast turkey, and mint for iced tea?
Seeds or Seedlings?
You can grow herbs from seed packets, or get young herb seedlings in small pots from your local nursery.
If you choose seedlings, check the bottoms of the pots to make sure roots aren't growing through the drainage holes. This indicates that the plant is rootbound and might not grow well even after it's repotted.
We've put together a chart listing easy-to-grow herbs, the best ways to start growing them, and recipes for each.
Herb Varieties, Growing Tips and Recipes
Start with seeds or seedlings. See Getting Started below.
Start with seeds or seedlings.
Soil: Use a mixture of potting soil, peat moss, and perlite. This comes ready-mixed in most garden stores.
Containers: Wooden, plastic, or clay window boxes and pots come in all sizes, shapes, and colors at your local garden store. Just for fun, look around the house for quirky containers like an old teapot or cup. Punch drainage holes into their bases and plant an assortment of herbs and edible flowers such as nasturtiums.
Sunlight: All of the herbs listed above need four to six hours of sunlight every day. If you're short on natural light, try grow lights.