Growing Herbs Indoors

Convenience, freshness and great color are just a few of the many reasons why it's nice to have herbs growing on the kitchen windowsill. Here are some tips to simplify making it happen.


  1. Kitchen windowsills are ideal setting because herbs need as much natural light as possible.  A minimum of four hours of sun each day is essential.  Windows that face south or southwest are your best shot at sun, though east- or west-facing windows also will do. North-facing windows are not bright enough.
  2. Just as essential as good sunlight is good drainage.  The best way to ruin a tabletop or windowsill is to let a potted plant drain on it. Likewise, the best way to ruin most herbs is to let them sit in water so the roots will rot. Be sure to use a saucer, liner, or drain pan under the pot to catch water and protect your surface. A clay saucer lets moisture pass through, so opt for plastic, rubber, or metal instead.  Clay pots help with drainage, but they can dry out quickly. If you live in a dry climate or are growing herbs indoors during winter, when furnace heat causes homes to get especially dry, try a glazed or plastic container that won’t dry out as quickly as clay.
  3. A good potting soil goes a long way to making sure your herbs get the nutrients they need. It doesn't have to be the most expensive soil but make sure it has the essential nutrients geared toward growing herbs for your climate.  
My favorite windowsill herbs are basil, dill and rosemary.  Ask yourself what you use the most in your cooking.  If you need to double up on one herb that's ok.  Enjoy!




Krista Numbers

Krista is the founder of Simplify Supper. She is passionate about making family dinner a priority and strives to provide simple solutions to make it happen.

Feb 02, 2014
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