Growing Herbs Indoors – How to grow your own organic herbs

If you are like me then you dream about using your own herbs to prepare delicious meals. But can you grow herbs indoors and year-round, also during the winter? The answer is YES. Let’s learn how to grow your own organic fresh herbs indoors in mason jars and without sunlight.

Basil in a pot (Photo by Meghan Rodgers on Unsplash)

Growing herbs indoors is so easy it is almost trivial, yet so few people do it. Using these simple tricks I manage to grow delicious fresh organic herbs which make my meals so much better.

Herbs love sunlight

Herbs need approximately 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. More sunlight they get, the better herb will taste. Therefore put your pots on the window shelf.

TIP: If you don’t have a window shelf, use suction cup window shelf to make place for your herb pots.

TIP 2: If you can’t get enough natural sunlight due to position of your apartment or winter, consider buying grow light.

Suction cup window shelf (Source:Window garden)

Water herbs twice per week

Herbs should never be watered daily. Herbs will grow deeper and thus develop root system better.

Always let the top layer (ca. 5 cm) of soil to dry. Pour in water slowly. Slow watering will allow the soil to soak up the water.

Watering (Source:Instagram/glreflections)

One pot – one herb

Grow each herb in a separate container. This will give you flexibility. It will allow you to address each herb needs individually.

Container should be 15 cm in diameter and deep enough. For growing parsley and basil pot should be 50 cm deep. Parsley has long taproot and basil has extensive root system.

TIP: If you are using containers such as mason jars, place pebbles in the bottom to catch excess of moisture.

Parsley and basil (Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash)

Harvest little by little

Harvest few leaves at a time. Regular cutbacks encourage new growth. Avoid removing more than a quarter of the plant, because it can kill your herb.

Cutting parsley (Source:Gettyimages)

Which herbs to grow?

Most herbs can be grown indoors. The easiest to grow are:
basil,
chives,
mint,
oregano,
parsley,
rosemary,
thyme

Herbs cheat sheet (Source: Twitter:@theseedguy)

If you are lucky enough to have your own balcony, consider growing herbs on your balcony. Grow not only herbs but also vegetables.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Did I miss anything about growing herbs indoors that should be listed here? Add your voice in the comments.

Happy gardening!

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