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DIY: Grow an Herb Garden Indoors

Want an easy way to get into gardening? Then try an indoor herb garden!


To learn the steps,


Here's how, compiled from Beautyjust4you and GardenGuides:

  1. Choose a location for your garden that gets at least 5 hours of sun a day, preferably near a Southern or Western window.
  2. To keep the soil from coming out of your container's drainage hole, cover it loosely with some gravel or screen mesh.
  3. Sit your pot in a saucer to catch the drainage.
  4. Fill your pot with 2/3 organic potting soil mix.
  5. For better selection and advice, go to a nursery that specializes in herbs to buy your plants.
  6. Choose herbs that need similar amounts of sunlight (i.e., rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil, and oregano all need 5-6 hrs.)
  7. Place the taller herbs (i.e. rosemary) in the center of your pot, and the others around the sides. Place them at about the same depth they were growing in their nursery pots.
  8. While planting, gently loosen the soil around each root ball.
  9. Fill the pot with more soil, to about 2 inches from the top.
  10. Give them a good first watering, but don't overwater them or let them stand in a saucer full of water.
  11. Soak once or twice a week, and allow the soil to dry out before watering again.
  12. Feed your garden once a month with a bit of organic fertilizer.
  13. Your herbs should be ready for use in a few weeks. Always clip the outer leaves only as you need them, leaving plenty of growth on the plant.
  14. To maintain your indoor garden long-term, repot it once a year, and renew your annual herbs (i.e. basil, dill, fennel, mint, parsley, rosemary, coriander).
  15. Check out my post to read about five easy herbs to start your garden.


Join The Conversation
Home Home 9 years
Oops, I originally linked to the wrong products-- but it's fixed now. You should always make sure that products that claim to be organic are certified before purchasing them, let alone growing an indoor garden with them! Thanks Manila fizz.
manila-fizz manila-fizz 9 years
Your links to "Organic" potting soil and fertilizer are not organic. The USDA does not regulate the use of the word Organic on these products and neither products are suitable for use in growing foods which will be certified by the USDA. Please remove those words from your post as they are furthering a very shoddy marketing ploy by Scotts (along with Miracle Grow, who does the same thing).
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
my place gets basically no sun, so we have no plants indoors. :(
Britni_Marie Britni_Marie 9 years
I just recently started thinking about gardening, I know nothing about it and I wanted to start small so this will be perfect!!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I wish I had a window facing that direction, or got any sun! City living isn't always great.
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