Whether you live in a mansion or in a one bedroom flat, you can have your herbs and eat them too...
Naturally, the ideal place for your indoor herb garden is in the kitchen, since, hopefully, you’ll be using them to flavor your foods and make wonderful home remedies for whatever ails you.
For those of you who don’t have a sunny spot in the kitchen, not to worry. Herbs will grow anywhere the sun shines...I once grew them on the windowsill in a sunny bathroom.
So: Step One: Find the best spot for your herb garden.
Windows that face south or southwest are your best shot at sun, though east or west-facing windows will also work. Windows that only face north, however, are just not bright enough.
Moisture passes right through a clay pot, so if you’re using clay make sure you have a non-clay saucer or pan under it to protect your surfaces. For indoors, plastic, rubber and metal pots work well, provided they have a way to drain.
Just as clay pots help with drainage, they dry out quickly too. So, if you live in a dry climate, like the Southwest, for instance, or if you’re growing your herbs in the winter, when the heater causes the house or apartment to get especially dry, it’s best to use a glazed or plastic container. They’ll retain the moisture, while allowing the excess water to drain properly.
Indoor herbs are happy with typical indoor temperatures, and you can grown them any time of the year.
Remember that the air next to a window will be cooler in winter (or hotter in summer) than your average indoor temperature, so adjust your plants accordingly.
Don’t be too concerned if your indoor herb plants are more spindly than outdoor ones, you’ll still get plenty of good clippings. They’re just working a little harder to get that sunshine.
If you’re cutting clippings regularly, be sure to fertilize with a compound made just for herbs at least once a month.
Try growing some of these, they are indoors-friendly and delicious:
Basil leaves fade and start drooping quickly in cold air, so just don’t keep them on a cool windowsill.
Coming up: Collecting, Drying And Storing Your Herbs