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How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden in Winter

Do you love having fresh herbs for your recipes? Would you like to have herbs at your finger tips year round?

Today I’m sharing How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden in your kitchen right now. Also, learn how to use some creative kitchen tools to make your garden interesting.

I recently found some great vintage enamelware in green. There are several pieces and therefore, work great to create an interesting display for the indoor herb garden.


Items needed for Indoor Herb Garden

  • Vessels to hold herbs and potting soil
  • Indoor Potting Mix – Miracle-Gro
  • Herb Plant – Bonnie
  • Plant Food – Miracle-Gro
  • Location to house your indoor garden with plenty of light

Indoor garden vessels

First, determine what you want to use to display your indoor garden. The green enamelware pieces were my inspiration to start the garden, however there are so many fun items that could have been used.

The green color felt like a garden to me


Here are some examples – mixing bowls of varying sizes, canning jar, recycled tin cans, cereal bowls, old watering cans, decorative plant containers, just to name a few.

If your counter space is limited, you can look for other locations. In addition, you can make a hanging garden by attaching a planter to the wall or use a ladder or step stool placed in a well lit area to house your plant.


Herbs & Potting Mix for starting Indoor Herb Garden

Next, you should purchase the herbs you wish to plant and the indoor potting mix.

When choosing herbs, your best choice will be those that you use frequently in your recipes. The good news is, most all herbs will work well in an indoor container

Miracle-Gro has a wonderful potting mix that is specially formulated for indoor plants and therefore you will see great success with your indoor plants. It is a trusted brand for both indoor and outdoor planting that I have used for years.



Determine Location to start your Garden

You should place your containers in area that will not interfere with your normal routine. It is also important to place them in an area that gets some good sunlight and that will not take up to much counter space.


Plant your Garden

You don’t need any special tools to start your garden, making this a very cost effective project. You can fill your containers right in your kitchen sink using a simple spoon.

While preparing the soil, place each herb plant into a container filled with water to give them a good drink before transplanting.

Once the plants are removed from the plastic container, you should check for root lock. If it has occurred, you should gently loosen the soil and gently break the roots to allow for further growth.

Next, place each plant in the containers and fill with potting soil. Then press the soil gently around the herbs until the entire plant root is covered.


Water your new Garden

Be sure to give the new garden a good soaking of water with a little Miracle-Gro plant food and then place in the area you have designated for the garden.

You want to water at least weekly or when soil is dry to the touch. The frequency of watering will vary depending on the amount of sun and location of your garden.

Also, be sure to protect your countertops from possible water damage. Here, I placed a plate and a cake stand under the two containers I was concerned about.

Having fresh herbs is a real money saver because they are expensive in the grocery store. In addition, they are easy to save by drying or freezing. You can see some herb drying tips here and this delicious recipe is one you’ll want to save for when you have a good supply of basil.



Now you can have herbs at your finger tips all year round. You can begin using your herbs right away because the more you trim them, the more they produce.


You can see how to press herbs for botanical art in this post.


Cindy Rust

Thursday 18th of February 2021

I am a huge fan of fresh herbs! Our outdoor herb garden is just outside of my kitchen window. Love your idea of bringing it inside! Thanks for sharing!

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Friday 19th of February 2021

Cindy, I really appreciate this. So glad you found some inspiration.

Cindy@CountyRoad407

Thursday 11th of February 2021

I love the idea of using old enamelware!

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Friday 12th of February 2021

Cindy, Thanks so much.

Jessica

Thursday 11th of February 2021

I'm obsessed with your cute green enamel pots...sooo perfect ❤❤❤.

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Friday 12th of February 2021

Jessica, I'm so glad. Thanks so much.

Jennifer Choate

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Love this idea. Beautifully styled in your vintage containers.

rahrags@gmail.com

Friday 12th of February 2021

Jenn, I really appreciate you for stopping by.

Cindy

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Good afternoon Rachel, I live this idea. Especially using the enamel, they add great character.

We have tons of light in our home. We don't have a spot for direct sunlight fir growing fresh herbs.

I can't wait to plant them in our deck garden again.

Cindy

diana

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Good Morning Rachel Love my herbs. The rosemary is happy as it doesn't have to share the pot with anyone. Even though we have received some snow, the rosemary just smiles through it all. Thank you for all your thoughts and ideas. Big fancy houses aren't what I like to see on tours, it is a home (not house) like yours. Is your kitchen countertop concrete? Looks really nice and I bet hubby did it with you.

rahrags@gmail.com

Friday 12th of February 2021

Diana, Yes, to all of the above. Thanks so much for stopping by.