There’s nothing quite like being able to add a handful of fresh herbs to your latest culinary creation is there? And a little extra greenery in the kitchen can be a marvelous addition to its aesthetic appeal, no matter what the overall decor theme is.
A kitchen herb garden provides the perfect way to add some living color to the space and it, of course, serves the very practical purpose that once it starts to thrive you will always have a fresh supply of your favorite herbs at hand when cooking, no trip to the farmer’s market required.
Some people worry that their lack of a green thumb will be a bar to a great kitchen herb garden. However, if you have a sunny windowsill that gets at least four hours of sunshine a day, that, and a few basic supplies from your local nursery or home store is all you need to plant and cultivate your own indoor oasis filled with fragrant herbs. Ready to try it? Here are some tips to get you started:
Choosing and Planting Your Herbs
Just which herbs you chose to grow will depend on your personal tastes to a certain degree. But the herbs that thrive most indoors, and are all pretty and tasty, include all the following, as they are all herbs that are tolerant of growing in confined spaces and under varied conditions.
The best way to ruin a tabletop or windowsill is to let a potted plant drain on it. Likewise, the best way to ruin most herbs is to let them sit in water so the roots will rot. Be sure to use a saucer, liner, or drain pan under the pot to catch water and protect your surface. A clay saucer lets moisture pass through, so opt for plastic, rubber, or metal instead.
Clay pots help with drainage, but they can dry out quickly. If you live in a dry climate or are growing herbs indoors during winter, when furnace heat causes homes to get especially dry, try a glazed or plastic container that won’t dry out as quickly as clay.
The wonderful thing here is that within these constraints there are lots of beautiful ways you can arrange these pots to make an attractive display even before your herbs start to bloom.
Don’t be afraid to get a little creative when you are shopping for containers and plant pots! We’ve seen people use mason jars, repurposed kitchen utensils (as above) tin cans, and even wine glasses.
As long as your windowsill and surfaces are protected, almost anything goes, and the stores, both on and offline all filled with all kinds of pretty planters for you to choose from if you don’t feel like making your own!
Helping Your Herb Garden Grow
When potting your herbs make use of a good quality potting mix like Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting Mix. The herbs mentioned earlier all thrive in typical indoor temperatures, so if you feel comfortable in your home the chances are that they do too! Remember that the air next to a window will be cooler in winter (or hotter in summer) than the average indoor temperature, so adjust your plants accordingly.
As they grow, indoor herb plants will probably stretch and be spindlier than plants in the outdoors, so make sure you leave room to accommodate this. To encourage lots of growth, fertilize regularly with plant food and don’t be afraid to clip away at cooking time, that is part of the reason they are there after all!