Learning how to grow herbs indoors is a great way of saving money!
Have you ever bought dried herbs at the supermarket? I have, and every time I do, I have to pick myself off the floor after seeing the crazy high prices charged.
I love cooking, but I don’t love spending tons of money on herbs I could grow myself.
So, a few years ago, I took matters into my own hands and started growing my own herbs and veg.
Delicious fresh crunchy herbs giving a zest of flavor for all my dishes.
Now, if you are like me a few years ago, and you have no idea how to start gardening and killing your plants may be a common occurrence…..
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Why should you start an indoor herbs garden?
- You can save money
- It’s healthier
- You can create amazing natural self-remedies.
For example, coriander and peppermint are good for indigestion, rosemary is a good alternative to caffeine, as it stimulates energy
Best types of herbs to grow indoors
I have grown every single one of the below plants myself and can confirm that lavender, rosemary, mint, and basil are the easiest to grow.
Where to grow herbs indoors?
Generally, most herbs will grow best indoors in a cool room where they can get a bit of sunlight. So, a windowsill is perfect, or anywhere next to a windowsill is great.
Keep them away from excessive cold or hot places such as draughty windows or the stove, as they will shrink and die 🙁
Herbs don’t like extreme temperatures, and are happy with an average temperature.
How to grow herbs indoors- Tips
To set yourself up for success and get your herbs growing nice and healthy, it’s worth buying fast-draining alkaline soil. So, use high-quality potting soil.
Having said that, I spent the first few weeks of my herb growing frenzy over-watering my baby herbs and some of them died 🙂
To solve this problem, I ended up getting a fast draining mix and a cheap soil moisture meter to keep my over-watering tendencies in check. You could also add coarse sand to your potting mix to improve drainage.
I’ve already talked about my over-watering tendencies, but I mean it when I say, you need to keep a beady eye on it because over-watering will end up rotting your indoor herbs.
So, keep the soil consistently moist but not wet and stick your finger in the soil beforehand, to check the moisture before watering them. (Or get that soil moisture meter I mentioned )
Finally, make sure you plant your herbs in a pot with holes in it so water can drain out, at the bottom.
Confession – At the beginning, I may have planted my herb babies in beautiful chic pots which looked great but had no holes and they all nearly died from drowning. O_O
You live you and learn eh?
Your little herb babies don’t need a ton of light, but they do need some. If you can place them near a south-facing window where they can get bright, indirect sunlight, that’s ideal.
Alternatively, you could do what my mum does for some of her indoor plants, she uses an indoor plant light.
This plant light has multiple lights, one light promotes photosynthesis, germination, bloom, and fruit-bearing. The blue light ensures the plants take in more energy through chlorophyll synthesis to help in germination. You can also set a timer to reduce electricity wastage.
Note – You may find your cat lying under it thinking it is the morning sun.
I am very particular about which fertilizer I use. I don’t use chemical fertilizers as I will ultimately eat the herbs and feed it to my loved ones.
I prefer natural fertilizers like used tea bags or egg water, but you could also get some great natural fertilizer ones here for your herbs and vegetables.
Harvesting is a fancy word for snipping a few herbs leaves off and adding them to your cooking!
Having said that, don’t go too wild and leave some of the younger leaves at the bottom of the plant. Give them a chance to grow and produce more delicious leaves again!
Common problems you may face:
- Supermodel tendencies – Sometimes your herbs might start growing tall and leggy. This means they aren’t getting enough light so move them to a sunnier window or invest in a plant light.
- Sad plants that droop – If your herb leaves are drooping, it means they are either under or overwatered. Never allow the soil to be soggy.
- Yellow leaves– A clear sign of overwatering. Step away from the watering can and let your plants dry out please!
- White spots on leaves– This could be due to a disease or powdery mildew which is a result of watering your herbs on the leaves instead of the soil. Cut the infected leaves off and keep the rest of the leaves dry.
- Starts flowering – Once a plant flowers, this is a signal that its life cycle is about to end. As pretty as the flowers are, try and prevent any herbs flowers forming in the first place. If you see a flower budding, simply pinch the entire thing off.
Once you start growing your herbs you can turn them into delicious ingredients for your meals.
If you want some ideas on delicious recipes you can cook with your newly grown herbs, try these 50 simple recipes.
Learning how to grow an indoor herb garden will help you save money and help you eat fresh nutritious herbs that make your dishes burst with flavor!
If you end up becoming really good at it, you could even start a herb side hustle and sell them to people who want to grow herbs too.
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