Five Indoor Herb Gardening Tips
Growing herbs indoors can be useful and beautiful. To help you get started, we turned to Gina Samarotto, horticulturalist, founder and principal designer of The Samarotto Design Group, for tips on growing herbs all winter long.
Plan Your Style and Design
What kind of herb garden do you want to create? (e.g., one with modern planters, or with classic terracotta pots?)
Grow Herbs You’ll Use
Basil and oregano are great for Italian fare; cilantro is a Mexican staple; and nasturtium, wheat grass and alfalfa sprouts go well with healthy dishes. Consider purple basil and lavender for a great-smelling herb garden.
Assess the Light
If you’re growing under lights with regulated temperatures, you can grow almost anything. If you’re using a windowsill in the kitchen, make sure there is enough natural sunlight, so your herbs can thrive.
Choose Decorative Containers
If you buy an herb starter kit, you’re all set. But if you’re creating your own, get creative: use mason jars, a wooden box or mini-pots.
Follow Gardening Basics
Be aware of the temperature of your herb garden; how much air is circulating; if fertilizer is needed (it may already be in the soil you’re using); if your herbs are getting too much or too little water; and see if you notice any bugs or pests.
Allergies that occur in the fall (from late August to the first frost) are often due to ragweed. Consider keeping a record of your symptoms for a few days to help you and your doctor learn what might be triggering your symptoms.