Growing herbs indoors is a wonderful way to bring some freshness to your winter kitchen without breaking the bank. Having herbs growing on the kitchen windowsill is great not only for the extra greenery, but the wonderful freshness in the winter months brightens any dish. Herbs are very easy to grow, with just a need adequate light, healthy soil, and consistent watering, you yourself can have an indoor herb garden this winter.
Herbs do well on a windowsill in the kitchen, and even if you don’t have a window you can purchase a small grow light for the countertop- you can even find grow lights with white light to double up a lamp for a grow light. If you notice that any of your herbs are becoming leggy, it's a common sign of low light. Add a couple hours on the grow light to avoid this.
Herbs such as Mint, Parsley, and Cilantro are known to need 4-6 hours of direct sunlight whereas herbs such as Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, and Sage will need closer to 6-8 hours to reach their full potential.
Similar to most plants, water is very important for the healthy growth of an herb. When bringing home herbs from the store, I would recommend not watering the plant in the first week or so. This helps the plant get used to its new environment and can prevent you from accidentally overwatering. I like to keep my herbs without water until I see a tiny bit of growth, then I will start a consistent watering routine.
Herbs such as Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, and Sage love the drier soil whereas your herbs such as Mint, Basil, Parsley, and Lemon Balm like moist soil.
Tip- A water meter will gauge your plants' moisture level closer to the roots rather than the top of the soil and is perfect for beginners.
When it comes to soil and pots, it’s important to know each herb's needs rather than hoping for uniformity. I love to use terracotta pots for herbs as they absorb moisture that would otherwise be trapped in the soil. Pots with drainage holes are equally important. Depending on what herbs you chose, make sure to give them the right soil; a sandy-loving Lavender will not be happy in a loamy soil like Mint enjoys.
You got this! Happy Planting!