Growing An Indoor Window Sill Herb Garden – Tips For An Indoor Herb Garden

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By Kathee Mierzejewski

There is nothing like being able to pick fresh herbs for your favorite dishes right when you need them. However, when you grow them outside, it is hard to get them fresh all year long unless you live somewhere the climate allows. This is where an indoor window sill herb garden comes in quite handy.

Why Grow Indoor Herbs

If you have ever grown herbs outside in a garden, you know how easily they grow. Well, planting indoor herbs is not much different. Further, an indoor herb garden can be in your kitchen on the window sill right at your fingertips for when you are making that special recipe.

So you might be asking yourself, “How do I grow indoor herbs?” You will find that planting indoor herbs isn’t much different than growing them outside except for the quantity you can grow.

Tips for an Indoor Herb Garden

When you start your indoor herb garden, going to the local greenhouse or gardening center for your herb seeds is a great start. Quality seeds to grow indoor herbs is best. Sometimes baby plants can be purchased, but a lot of people enjoy planting indoor herbs from seed.

When purchasing your indoor herb garden seeds, keep in mind that rosemary, basil, oregano, lavender, chamomile and mint all grow well indoors. They seem to thrive in indoor window sill herb gardens.

Any container will do for an indoor herb garden. Just make sure that there is proper drainage in the containers you choose. The soil is also crucial in that you need to make sure the soil is mixed with sand and lime so the herbs have great soil conditions allowing maximum growth.

Planting indoor herbs isn’t difficult. Choose an area that allows for at least partial sunlight. Near a skylight or a window is perfect. Southern facing windows provide the most sunlight and the northern facing ones don’t provide enough. Fluorescent lighting can be used to supplement the lighting when winter provides very little. Further, in the spring and summer, your plants can go outdoors on a patio for fresh air and plenty of direct sunlight.

These are just a few tips for a indoor herb garden to follow. You can find many books on the subject. Hopefully, the answer to your question “how do I grow herbs indoors?” helped you enough to go start your own indoor window sill herb garden.

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