Herbs make for easy houseplants, and growing them in your home will allow you to enjoy a variety of fresh green herbs whenever you need. There are many varieties of herbs that are easy to grow and are widely used in many cuisines.
All plants need sunlight and a good level of air circulation to thrive and grow. While some may need full sun, partial sunlight suffices for others. So, the right location is important. Windowsills and balconies are the best places to have a herb garden.
You can use containers to grow a variety of plants, and also be able control the quantity and quality. Container gardening has many benefits; the soil and watering can be maintained as per the individual plant's needs. It is easier to move them and even apply mulch.
How to Grow Herbs Indoors
Choose the herbs you want. Most can be propagated through seeds, saplings, and runners which can all be easily bought from local nurseries. If you are an amateur gardener, start growing local herbs, and once you have enough experience you can move on to more exotic ones like scented geraniums, lime thyme, Italian parsley, etc.
The quantity of the herbs you want to grow determines the size of the container. Layer the container with a few small bricks and pieces of charcoal. Fill it up with soil that is made up of one part each of soil, humus-rich compost, and fine sand.
Cover the seeds lightly with soil, and use a sprayer to moisten it. Cover the container with a sheet of newspaper for three to four days. When the herbs sprout, move the container to a place where they can receive natural light.
For runners or saplings plants, use the same mentioned soil mix and plant them using small garden tools. Water lightly, and leave undistributed in a place where they will receive adequate sunlight and air. Fertilize once in a month. Herbs do better with organic slow release liquid fertilizers. Mulch very carefully, and check for weeds and diseases regularly.
List of Indoor Herbs
Chives should be grown by dividing old clumps. Pot the clumps at the end of the growing season. Wait till new leaves sprout, then bring the container indoors. Chives need a good amount of fertilizer and water.
This can be grown from both seeds and clumps. It is best to choose a compact variety for indoor gardening.
Other herbs which you can choose to grow include tarragon, lavender, lemon verbena, and marjoram. Growing herbs in pots inside the house or on your windowsill will not only give your food an aromatic taste and flavor, but also add to the beauty of your kitchen.