Potted Office Herbs: How To Grow An Office Spice Garden

Individually Potted Herb Plants
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An office spice garden or herb garden is a great addition to a workspace. It provides freshness and greenery, pleasant aromas, and tasty seasonings to snip off and add to lunches or snacks. Plants bring nature indoors and make a working area calmer and more peaceful. Use these tips to create and care for your desk herb garden.

Where to Grow Herbs in the Office

Even with very limited space, you can grow a few plants in the office. If you have an entire office to yourself, you have options. Create a space by a window for a small garden or tuck it into a corner with an adequate light source.

For smaller spaces, consider desktop herbs. Carve out a little space on your desk for a small set of containers. Just be sure that there will be enough light, either from a nearby window or artificial light.

Choose containers that fit your space. Make sure you have some type of tray or saucer to catch water to spare your desk and papers from a mess. If light is an issue, you can find small grow lights to set over the plants. Herbs should be fine without a window seat. They’ll need about four hours of solid light per day. Water regularly, as the soil dries out.

Choosing Plants for Desktop Herbs

Most herbs will tolerate office conditions as long as you provide them light and water. Choose the plants you enjoy, especially smells that appeal to you. Consider your co-workers, who may not enjoy the intense aromas like lavender, for instance.

Some great options for herbs you’ll want to add to lunches include:

Desk Herb Garden Kits

Potted office herbs are simple enough to prepare and maintain, but you may also want to consider using a kit. There are some benefits to using a kit. You’ll get everything you need all in one box, it will provide a compact container, and many come with grow lights as well.

Check online for garden kits and choose one that matches your space in terms of size. You’ll find a variety of options, from small desktop kits to larger floor models and even vertical grow kits to put on a wall.

Whether you create your own garden or use a kit, growing herbs and spices in the office is a great way to make the space homier and more comfortable.

Mary Ellen Ellis

Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.