One thing I have always wanted was an indoor herb garden. I have also always been a little intimidated about starting one. but I decided to just bite the bullet and try it. I bought some really beautiful blue mason jars at Walmart and found a metal oblong tin that would hold three of them perfectly. I picked up the seeds at a hardware store (I choose to plant Oregano, Parsley, and Cilantro.
You can also plant these in larger containers if you have room. This is also great if want to have bigger plants that will produce more herbs if you use them regularly or want to dry or freeze them.
Indoor herb garden
To start with, you will want to put some small rocks (gravel) in the bottom of your pot/jar to keep your soil from staying too moist. Then add potting soil to the top of the jar. Don’t pack it too tight so that the roots can grow easily. Read the directions on the packet for planting the seeds and plant them and then lightly water them. Make sure to keep them in or near a window so they can get a lot of sunlight. It will probably take a week or two for them to start growing. Also, be sure that you DON’T overwater them!
I have had mine for about 8 months now and I have already harvested a bunch of the stems and they are growing back as you can see in the pictures below. I take some here and there to cook with, and then I keep them trimmed back and dry the herbs to keep and use as needed. I will share another post with all the details on drying the herbs soon. It is really easy and I was able to do all of them in less than an hour!
I hope you have as much fun with your indoor herb garden as I have with mine. I am debating on growing some in bigger pots like the cilantro that I use a lot so I don’t have to buy it any more. It grows great in the jar, I just use more than the jar can hold, lol. So take that into consideration when you are planning on what to grow and how much of it.
Overall, I am really happy with my indoor herb garden and I am glad I started one. It has been a learning experience, but that is part of the fun. I am sharing a post soon about harvesting the herbs and freezing or drying them. You will love this easy, low-maintenance indoor herb garden. What are you going to plant in yours?
Looking for more information about gardening? Here are some other things we have shared:
What to Plant in your garden (and when)
How To Garden Series: Part 1 – Choosing your Garden Spot
How to grow spinach, when to harvest, and how to store it