Today we gonna talk about how to create an indoor herb garden.
Now, the first thing you have to remember is that all herbs do not do well inside. You have to pick the ones that are known to be good indoors, because it’s going to be a little different environment than what they’re used to.
Most of your Mediterranean herbs are used to really hot, dry weather. So the first thing you want to do is have a really good sunny window. If you don’t have a good sunny spot, don’t even try, unless you have a good light, maybe a grow light will work.
The next thing you want to do is you want to have good terracotta because that’s perfect. Herbs need to dry out in between, and they need a lot of breathability. If a big pot is better, that’s fine too. You can put different types of herbs in one pot and have a big pot of herbs. What I like about this idea is that I tend to grow annual herbs inside. They tend to do better. They germinate quickly and you can keep adding seed.
So what you do is you take things like cilantro or chives. Chives will get large and eventually need to go out into the garden, but they grow really well. So they’ll give you that greenery that you need. You can pinch off that little bit of flavor for your food.
Another option is wheatgrass. If you have a cat that likes to get into your plants, if you grow them wheatgrass, they’ll eat the wheatgrass and leave your other plants alone. The other reason to grow wheatgrass is because it’s just really nice in the middle of winter to have this nice green grass.
So you can grow this for Easter, Easter decoration like this.
It germinates in just a few days. The seeds are already plumping up just in a few days. In two days, you going to have grass.It doesn’t last very long. And about the time it gets this high, it’s going to die back down and you just have to replant. So it’s something you just kind of keep adding the same with the cilantro. It will grow a certain height and then it bolts and it dies back. So what you do is you just, pinch off and the minute you have something to add a few more seeds. So you have an ongoing annual herb, same with basil.
The chive is one of a perennial herbs. So what you’ll want to do is just use that through the winter. And then if you choose to, you can take and plant it out in your perennial garden.
Now, something to remember about most perennial herbs, like oregano, rosemary, lavender, they can be started from seed, but they’re very, very hard to germinate and they take about a year to turn into a nice plant. So if you’re looking for an indoor herb garden, they’re not a good choice.
You’re better off at the end of summer, bringing in a Rosemary or lavender plant and putting those in your window sill, they’ll get a little spindly. They’ll need to be pinched back. And they may not look quite as good as they do outside, but they’ve been known to do pretty well inside the house. So if you want an indoor herb garden, sunny window annual herbs, that will grow quickly, add them as you want for ongoing green. And if you get a chance to try some wheatgrass for some winter greenery, and that’s how you create an indoor garden.