Do you find that springtime inspires the urge to plant a garden? Trust us, we can relate! There’s something amazing and reinvigorating about getting wrist deep in soil — planting seeds, watching them grow, and knowing that, in time, those tiny seedlings will be served in fresh, seasonal food on your own table.
However, if — like us — you live in an apartment or other small urban space, a full-fledged garden may not be in the cards for you. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your own little slice of spring—you just have to get creative. With just a few materials, you can start your own indoor herb garden that can actually thrive all year long, not just in the spring and summer months. Herbs are super easy to grow in containers. They’re relatively low-maintenance plants that don’t require a lot of space (which if good, since we don’t have any to spare). Read on to find out how to get started and which herbs are most suitable for an indoor herb garden.
To get started, you’ll need to collect some small containers, like Mason jars or small clay pots. Proper drainage will definitely extend the life of your plants, so if your containers don’t have holes in the bottom, either drill one yourself or fill the bottom of the jar with rocks, bottle caps, pottery shards, or other large pieces of material that will allow the water to drain from the soil.
Choose a soil that’s suitable for containers and fill your jars with the soil. Soil combined with peat or sphagnum moss is a great option for small containers since it drains more easily. Next, plant your herbs and place them in a sunny part of your home. Most herbs need about six hours of natural sunlight daily, and about twice that amount if you’re forced to use artificial lighting.
The best thing about starting your own indoor herb garden? You can dive in anytime! Since weather isn’t a concern, you don’t have to wait until spring to play host to a tiny collection of herbs. And that’s great news, since cooking with fresh herbs is an easy way to incorporate healthy nutrients into your diet. What’s more, growing your own herbs is a much more affordable alternative to purchasing fresh herbs every time you want to whip up a culinary masterpiece.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 herbs best-suited for an indoor herb garden. These herbs are hearty, easy to grow, don’t need much space, and generally thrive indoors. Happy planting!