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Growing herbs at home is a fantastic way to start growing some of your own food, with very little time and effort needed. Your own at-home herb garden can save you waste and money, as you won’t be relying on store-bought herbs, and you’ll always have the freshest herbs readily available when you’re cooking.

The wonderful thing about learning to grow herbs at home is that you can do it no matter where you live – even in the tiniest of apartments!



1. Find your spot

First, choose the spot for your small indoor herb garden. This spot should be as light and sunny as possible, which means that the windowsill of a south-facing window will be your best option. Herbs ideally need at least 6 hours of sun every day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow herbs in a north-facing apartment.

Some herbs with better tolerance to lack of light include mint, parsley or thyme. With poor light conditions, your herbs will likely have smaller, paler leaves and longer stems between leaf set. One way to ensure your herbs are growing as well as they can be no matter where you place them is by investing in a simple grow light, which will simulate sunshine.

If you are a busy bee and want to fully automate the herb growing process, you may want to consider investing in Click & Grow – an innovative planter which can grow your herbs or vegetables by itself, supplying all water, nutrients and light the plant needs.

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This is the exact herb garden that sits in our kitchen!

2. Get your seeds or plant and planters

You have a variety of options when it comes to sourcing your herbs. You may want to grow them from seed, which takes a little longer but is a much more rewarding process. Alternatively, you can buy pre-grown herbs from the gardening store. You could even buy your herbs potted at a supermarket and replant them into fresh soil at home.

Now, choose the planters for your seed. Clay pots with saucers are a classic that’s also plastic-free, but they tend to dry out quicker in the winter when your heating is on. If you find you’re having trouble with that, use a glazed or plastic saucer instead. No matter which option you choose, it’s always important that the pot you’re using has a drainage hole – you wouldn’t want your plants’ roots to rot, sitting in water.

However, speaking of water, did you know that you can also grow your plants entirely in water, without any soil? There are systems that let you grow your plants entirely in water. Or, if you’re on a budget, you could simply snap off a stalk of basil or any other herb and hang it on the edge of a cup of water, so that the stalk is submerged but the leaves are not. Your herbs won’t grow forever this way, as they won’t have the nutrients you need, but it’s an option for those who want to perhaps save a few stalks from a dying plant.


3. Maintaining your herb garden

Your herbs can grow indoors throughout the whole year. Any temperature that’s comfortable for you will likely be comfortable for the herbs you’re growing. They also don’t mind a temperature dip at night, as herbs are used to that from typically growing outdoors. Just make sure no leaves are touching the window, as the glass gets much colder than the room temperature.

One herb that’s a little more high-maintenance when it comes to temperature is basil – it’s best to take it off cold windowsills in the winter, especially at night, and put it somewhere warmer. If you live in a dry apartment, you may also want to invest in an air humidifier, as herbs don’t deal well with dry air.

The point of having your own herb garden at home is that you can simply harvest the herbs whenever you need them, so do exactly that – just make sure you’re not cutting off too much.

Water regularly, but make sure the herbs are never sitting in water. To encourage growth, you can fertilize your herbs with plant food, which is a great thing to do for herbs you’re harvesting often, but not a necessity for those you’re only using sparingly.

Last but not least, stick with it! If you haven’t done any gardening in the past, you may lose a few herbs to overwatering, underwatering, cold or heat. That’s completely normal and happens to the best of us. Herbs aren’t an expensive plant, so you can easily replace them if anything goes wrong.


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