While you may not have the time or space for a full garden, learning how to grow herbs indoors is a great first step to integrating natural ingredients into your cooking. Therefore, I would pick a few herbs that you already use to grow indoors.
Favorite Herbs to Grow Indoors
Garden fresh herbs add immense flavor and fragrance to meals. A few of my favorite herbs to grow indoors are basil, dill and chives.
Basil is a great harvest-as-you- go herb. In addition, leaves can be kept between a paper towel in the refrigerator for days. Basil is great to plant in the Spring due to its sensitivity to cold weather. It prefers moist soil and 5-6 hours of sunlight a day.
Basil is a versatile herb for cooking. Typically, it is used in Thai and Italian dishes and summer salads.
Chives can be cut and yet keep growing. So, leave a bit of the plant for continued growth when harvesting. Chives love the sun and can grow in moist or dry soil.
Chives have a mild onion like flavor. Therefore, this herb pairs well with tomatoes, fish, and steaks. My favorite is to make chive butter in small batches as a base or condiment and freeze in cubes to use as needed.
Dill is sensitive to extreme cold and heat. However, it enjoys the warmth so place in indirect sun. Water regularly to keep the soil moist.
Dill is usually finely chopped to release the most flavor. Some of my favorite recipes with dill are potato salad, homemade pickles and salad dressing.
In addition to growing basil, chive and dill, I often grow these herbs indoors:
How to Grow Herbs Indoors
Herbs need plenty of sunlight, moderate temperatures, and potting soil that drains water well.
First, ensure bright sunlight for most of the day. Typically, herbs enjoy 6-8 hours of sunlight. However, some herbs love the sunshine, but do not like intense heat. So, pay attention to how plants react during the hottest parts of the day.
Second, use a good organic potting mix made specifically for herbs and vegetables which contains fertilizer. Herbs do not like soggy soil. Therefore, it is important to have well drained soil, even for the herbs that prefer moist soil.
There are no better tools than your own hands, so let the soil speak to you. I follow my grandma’s tip to stick your finger in the dirt to test the soil.
Which Herbs Grow Well Together
Plant herbs together that have the same preferences of water and sunlight. Specifically, plant in separate pots. Then, place pots in a wooden crate to move freely around the home depending on the sunlight and temperature. You can shop my wooden planters, here.
Here are a few of my favorite combinations.
- Chives, parsley, oregano and basil like full sun, yet moist soil.
- Mint and chives like less intense light, moist soil.
- Dill, cilantro, mint like humidity and moist soil.
- Sage, rosemary and thyme like full sun and sandy, dry soil.
I hope you feel inspired to create your own herb garden indoors or outdoors this Spring. These tips are meant to help you feel confident to know how to grow herbs indoors and which herbs grow well together.
If you have any tips to growing herbs, please leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!