Indoor herbs will add greenery to your home and expand options in the kitchen!
Contrary to popular belief, an inside herb garden doesn’t require lots of room. Start small and expand as you have room, and time for maintenance. Get creative or look online for clever ideas to organize your mini garden.
The Usual Suspects
Nutritional Benefits: rich in vitamins A, K, and C, as well as magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium
Garden Tips: Start basil from the seed and place in a window with lots of sun and warmth.
Nutritional Benefits: enzymes that help healthy digestion and phytonutrients for good heart health
Garden Tips: Give it some room—bay needs air and circulation to grow
Nutritional Benefits: packed with vitamins A, K, and C, as well as iron, calcium, and magnesium. Cilantro also has more antioxidants than most fruits or vegetables.
Garden Tips: Start from either seeds or a trimming from an adult plant. It’s a good idea to give cilantro its own container because it will leach water from other plants.
Nutritional Benefits: rich in carotenes and vitamin C. Mint also contains compounds that encourage bile flow, promoting health digestion. Its aromatic benefits have been known to help alleviate congestion.
Garden Tips: Mint grows like a weed so it’s best planted in its own container, and be sure it gets plenty of light.
Nutritional Benefits: contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E and calcium
Garden Tips: Start with a tip cutting from an adult plant and monitor the plant’s appearance for sunlight exposure. (If it starts bending towards the light, it needs brighter exposure. If it starts to brown, move it back from the window as it is getting too much exposure.)
Nutritional Benefits: high in vitamins C and K, as well as chlorophyll which is a powerful blood cleanser.
Garden Tips: Start from the seed or replant an adult plant from outdoors.
Nutritional Benefits: a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6. Rosemary is known to enhance memory and concentration, and can also help with digestion.
Garden Tips: Start with a cutting from an adult plant, and set in a place that gets sunlight for six or more hours.
Nutritional Benefits: rich in antibacterial and astringent properties, which explains its popular use in gargles for sore throats, gingivitis and sore gums.
Garden Tips: Start with a tip cutting from an outdoor plant. Sage can tolerate dry, indoor air really well but it also needs lots of sun.
Nutritional Benefits: high in vitamins C, A and B-complex, tarragon is also an effective internal cleanser that has been linked to bile production, contributing to elimination of toxins.
Garden Tips: It is best to start from cuttings of a mature plant. Use a deep pot (at least 10 to 12 inches) because tarragon has an aggressive root system that needs about as much room under the soil as it does above the soil.
Nutritional Benefits: contains essential oils that have proven to be antiseptic and anti-fungal. Thyme is also rich in potassium, iron, and calcium.
Garden Tips: It’s tough to start thyme from seed, so try it from a cutting off of an adult plant. This herb needs lots of full sun.
Most herbs grow best in well-drained soil and even develop intense flavor if kept on the dry side. But don’t forget to water! To monitor the thirstiness of your plants, poke your finger into the soil once every three to four days. If the soil feels dry, it’s time to water! It’s also good to keep an eye out for pests, as indoor herbs are susceptible to aphids, or white flies.
Any dish tastes better with fresh herbs to livening it up—and there’s no better way to have fresh herbs on-hand, than to grow them yourself. Get creative and enjoy the flavors!