Simply because you don’t have a large backyard or a balcony, doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own herbs. Setting up an indoor herb garden in your kitchen or living area is super simple, affordable and will spruce up your interior design! Here are a few things you’ll need to create your own herb garden indoors:
- Pots or planters (with saucers or trays)
- Potting mix and small pebbles
- Seeds or pre-grown herbs
Make a day out of it and take your kids to the local nursery to pick out pretty pots for the new plants and herbs that they’ll enjoy eating. Involving your children in this process from day one will be a great experience that teaches them how to be patient and caring. Once the herbs have grown big enough to be harvested and eaten, they’ll certainly feel a sense of accomplishment.
No matter how dark or small your kitchen is, you can still grow herbs in it. Some herbs like chives, parsley, peppermint or thyme grow well in partial sunlight and cilantro actually prefers indirect sunlight. If you’re worried the herbs won’t get enough sun, you can always install a fluorescent light that will do the trick!
If your kitchen gets a lot of natural sunlight, basil or rosemary are great herbs to grow. In a smaller kitchen, you may want to consider installing a vertical herb garden on a wall so the pots don’t take up precious counter space.
Some herbs actually grow better when they’re close to other plants. Planting the following herbs in the same container or placing them close to each other can promote plant growth, health and flavor:
If you can’t wait to take a trip to your local nursery and set up your own indoor herb garden, check out the helpful guide below. It includes design inspiration, care tips and even a few recipe ideas!