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Black thumbs unite! I’ve been there. I feel you! I vividly remember feeling proud when my basil plant had a whopping three leaves hanging off of its branches. Gardening was never really my strongest suit, but in the past little while I’ve turned a corner. As it turns out, all you really need for a successful garden is a little know-how, and a lot of love. And with our help, your indoor herb garden will thrive in no time!

Great Herbs for Growing Indoors

Basil
Bay
Chevril
Chives
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Tarragon
Thyme
Dill
Marjoram
Mint

Planting Tips

No. 1 – Annual herbs are easy to start from seeds, but perennial herbs will be easier to start from a plant.

No. 2 – Find a spot with a good 5-8 hours of sunlight (we love the kitchen windowsill). Cilantro, parsley, and basil need a bit more light and warmth than other herbs, so choose a south-facing window if you can.

No. 3 – Make sure the water can drain quickly from the container. Add a layer of small stones to the bottom of the pot to help with drainage.

No. 4 – Use a seed-starting soil or potting soil (or mix of the two), but avoid garden soil which is heavier.

No. 5 – Water when the soil on the surface is dry. Water basil only around the base, it doesn’t like water on the leaves.

No. 6 – After about 10 days, you can start feeding the plants with a nutrient-rich fertilizer every 2 weeks. This is especially important in container gardens as the roots can quickly use up all the available nutrients.

No. 7 – Never trim more than 1/3 of a plant’s leaves. Keep plenty of leaves on the plant to encourage new growth.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography