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How to Set Up an Indoor Herb Garden: A Beginner’s Guide | Enhance Garden&Life

Updated: Jul 5, 2021

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Growing herbs in your home is a great way to add fresh flavor and color to your cooking. But how do you go about getting set up an indoor herb garden? In this beginner’s guide, we will show you exactly what you need for your garden.


What is an indoor herb garden? An indoor herb garden can be a simple pot of herbs right on your windowsill, or it could mean a whole room filled with plants. When people think about growing their own herbs indoors, they may not know where to start. Luckily for you, this blog post will show you how to set up the perfect (and easy) house-made herbal oasis that will have friends and family asking questions!


Herb Garden Set Up

-First, you will need to decide on the location for your herb garden. The best place is near a window or other natural light source that gets direct sunlight all day long. If this isn’t possible, try using artificial light such as fluorescent lights or LED lamps with full-spectrum bulbs to imitate natural daylight.


-If you want some variety in color besides green leaves, then add one red plant like basil, for instance, into each pot - just make sure to use the same potting soil.


-Next, choose a location for your herb garden that has access to water and power outlets in close proximity in order to set up an irrigation system and lights, respectively. If you don't have any floor space, then it's okay to mount them on the wall or ceiling.


- The first things you need are pots and soil. You should buy some pretty containers such as terra cotta ones from your local nursery or craft store so that when it's time to plant in them, they'll look like something out of Pottery Barn's catalog! Make sure to buy good quality potting soil.


- Next, you need to water and plant your herbs! The next thing is to decide what kind of herb garden you would like; windowsill, small room, or large room. After deciding on size, start by picking out some plants for each area. Also, consider how much light these areas will get during daylight hours when deciding which type of herbs to plant in them.

What are the benefits of growing herbs indoors, and how can they help me out in my daily life?

The benefits of growing herbs indoor are numerous. One of the advantages is that you can grow your herb garden anywhere there’s a window, including basements or apartments with very little natural light. Indoor herbs are also perfect for those living in apartments or other dwellings where there is a lack of outdoor space.

How much sun does my indoor herb garden need?

The amount of sunlight an indoor herb needs will vary depending on what type of plant it is and how many hours per day it spends outside during the summer months (assuming they live outdoors year-round). For some types of herbs - like mint and sage - six hours per day should be sufficient exposure to ultraviolet rays without additional artificial light. Most plants will do well with five hours of sunlight per day, but keep in mind that this is a basic guide, and your plant’s needs may be different based on the species it belongs to.

How often should I water my herbs?

The frequency at which you need to water indoor herbs varies depending on how big the pot (or container) is and what type of planter or potting mix they are planted in. If you have an unusually large pot for one herb or if there's no drainage hole in the bottom, then chances are good that you'll need to water more frequently than someone who has a smaller capacity container for their garden indoors. As far as watering schedules go, most people find weekly watering to be enough for herbs grown indoors.

How do I know when my indoor herb garden needs fertilizer?

The best way you can know if your plants need a serving of fertilizer is by looking at them and checking out the color of their leaves. If they are yellowing or turning brown, then chances are good that additional nutrients will help them perk up again, so you’ll want to start fertilizing accordingly - usually on a monthly basis unless otherwise indicated. Fertilizers come in both liquid and dry varieties; choose what would work better with your setup (likely whichever one is more convenient). You can also use compost as an organic substitute for chemical fertilizers, which may be preferable if you have some children or some pets around who might accidentally ingest the fertilizer.

How do I know when an indoor herb garden needs repotting?

The best way you can know if your plants need a new pot is by looking at them and checking out the pot they are currently in. If it’s old, cracked, or the roots of your herbs are showing through the drainage holes, then it's time to replant. Repotting should be done every six months to ensure that the plants are getting enough drainage and water.

How do I know when an indoor herb garden needs pruning?

The best way to tell if your garden indoors is overgrown with old growths, foliage, and stems is by looking at them - specifically how they look in comparison to their height (assuming you’ve been keeping track of this).


Older herbs will have a fuller structure, while younger ones will be more slender since their root systems haven't had time to develop yet. You can also check out what some common pests look like on your leaves; for example, spider mites take on a speckled appearance where aphids create small red dots all along the underside of the leaves.


- Once you’ve planted your herbs, turn on the lights! You can use a grow light or even just some natural sunlight from windows. Make sure that there is good air circulation to keep plants thriving and happy.


Finally, be sure you have fun with it - experiment by planting different varieties of herbs in one pot for an exciting taste experience (try basil, thyme, chives, oregano, or lavender).


Make sure there is enough room between the pots so air can flow through freely - too much moisture will cause the plants problems later down the line. Once these steps are completed, all you need is time and patience, and soon you'll have a beautiful, vibrant herb garden.


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