Have you ever considered growing your herbs indoors in containers? Most people think to grow herbs outdoors but it is also possible to grow them indoors. Container gardening is very practical for those who may not have the space to grow herbs and other vegetables outdoors. Growing your own herbs is also very convenient as it means you no longer have to run to the store every time you want some fresh herbs. This way you can have fresh herbs that are grown in your home, that can be on your table with the snap of your fingers.
What makes certain herbs better than others for growing indoors:
The reason some herbs are better to grow indoors than others is because most herbs fare better outdoors where they can get more sun and warmer weather. As well some herbs like dill or fennel are simply too big to grow indoors.
Best herbs to grow indoors:
- Basil can be used in a variety of different cuisines and it is a staple in the kitchen. There are many different varieties of basil, but make sure you choose a smaller variety, as the larger varieties may be too big for growing indoors. You can also make your own pesto using your freshly grown basil. Either purchase a small plant or you can start growing it from seeds. Grow it in rich potting soil, and make sure it gets lots of heat and bright light, so place it in a south facing window.
- Oregano can either be started from seed or from a cutting. Place it in well-draining soil after the last frost and make sure it receives moderate to strong light and only water it when you notice the soil is dried out.
- Thyme is a very versatile herb, and it can be used in a variety of different dishes. Start growing it from a small plant. Place thyme in a sunny window, in a pot with a well-draining soil mix and water it when you notice the soil getting dry.
- Chives can grow almost anywhere. This herb has an onion-like taste and is great for growing indoors. Purchase a small plant and put it in rich, organic soil and place it in a south facing window. To harvest this plant, you want to cut the stems at the base, but make sure you don’t harvest it all at once.
- Mint is great for growing in a container indoors, as it stops it from growing all over your yard. There are so many different varieties of mint, you can grow a full garden of just mint. Make sure you keep the soil moist and you give them moderate to strong light. Mint is versatile and can be a great addition to a variety of delicious recipes, including a tasty morning mint vitality drink.
Companion planting with herbs:
There are many benefits to companion planting. Here are some herbs that pair well together:
- Basil and oregano
- Sage and rosemary
- Chive and dill
However, it is important that you don’t put two heavy feeders together, because they will compete for nutrients. It is also important to have herbs with strong smells or tastes away from one another. This is because planting them next to each other can change the original smell or taste of the herbs.