Starting an Indoor Herb Garden – Step by Step Houseplant Planting Guide


If you’re looking for a simple way to add some green to your home, why not start an indoor herb garden? It’s easy—and fun! Here are the steps I follow when planting my own indoor herb garden:

Step 1: Pick a location for your garden.

  • Find a spot in your home that gets lots of natural sunlight. Most herbs need six to eight hours of sunlight each day. A south-facing window is best, but if you don’t have one, you can use artificial light or grow lights.
  • Choose the right container for your herb garden. It needs to be large enough for the plant to grow, but not so large that it will take up too much space on your kitchen countertop or table. If you have an old bowl or pottery piece lying around (that’s okay!), choose something new and pretty for your new indoor herb garden!

Step 2: Choose and buy your herbs.

Now that you have a plan and have chosen the spots where to place your herbs, let’s move on to buying them. Here are some things to consider when choosing and buying your herbs:

  • Easy-to-grow plants. The most important thing is that the plant is easy to grow indoors. If it’s not, then don’t get it!
  • Easy-to-care-for plants. The second most important thing is that it’s easy to care for—that means no watering or pruning every day, no fertilizing regularly, etc., as this can become too much work or even impossible depending on how much time you want/need to spend on your indoor herb garden.
  • Easy harvesting (if applicable). Some herbs need regular harvesting; others do not need any harvesting at all (like oregano), so make sure you choose something with which you’re comfortable working with before purchasing anything else!

Step 3: Decide what kind of planters you’ll use.

The next step is to find a planter. This can be anything from a common plant pot to an old coffee cup. You just want something that is going to provide the right amount of soil and water for your herbs, as well as keep them safe from any pets or children in your home. If there are any poisonous plants in your herb garden (such as oleander), you may want to consider using individual pots or even hanging baskets instead of grouping them together in one large container.

If you have an extra window ledge and some time on your hands, consider building an attractive wooden planter box or box frame with a glass front so you can see all the action inside without having to tip over each pot every time you need access—the best way to do this is by using a drill press, but if you don’t have access then it can be done manually too!

Step 4: Plant your herbs.

  • Plant in the spring.
  • Plant in containers that are at least 6 inches deep.
  • Plant in soil that is well drained.
  • Plant in a sunny location, but out of direct sunlight (unless you’re planting sun-loving herbs, like basil or dill). If you have limited natural light, consider using grow lights to supplement it—this will make all the difference!
  • Water thoroughly after planting and then only when the soil is dry to touch at least an inch down. Watering from the bottom up will help prevent root damage and encourage deeper absorption of water by your herbs; this makes them healthier and more resistant to disease, so it’s worth taking extra care here!

You can also add moisture beads or crystals to your planter if you think your plant may need some extra help staying hydrated through long spells between watering sessions—just make sure this doesn’t sit on top of any roots!

If you follow these steps it’s easy to start up an indoor herb garden.

If you follow these steps it’s easy to start up an indoor herb garden.

  • You don’t have to be a gardener or even have a green thumb.
  • You can grow herbs in a sunny window.
  • You can grow herbs in a container (like an old pot).
  • You can grow herbs in a pot (a smaller version of the one above).
  • You can grow herbs in your garden bed (this is where I started and planted my basil, dill, cilantro, oregano and rosemary.)


I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and are ready to get started on your indoor herb garden. If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below!

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