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How To Grow A Kitchen Herb Garden


Indoor kitchen herb garden

Indoor Kitchen Herb Garden

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Grow an indoor kitchen herb garden for year round fresh flavor. Growing an indoor herb garden is easy to do, and makes a lovely addition to your kitchen decor.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 1 hour

Here's How:

  1. List your most used cooking herbs, that grow well indoors. Choose the most versatile and easiest to care for.
  2. Start your favorite herbs from seed or transplants from outdoor garden in fall. Ask friends to trade herb cuttings to expand your choices for free.
  3. Recycle a container to use as a window garden. Think outside the windowsill, and make a dish garden, if you do not have the window space.
  4. Make your own soil - less potting mix. See below for details.
  5. Make your own fertilizer. See below for details.


  1. Transplant herbs from your outdoor garden with caution. They may bring unwanted pests along.
  2. Cut back overgrown herbs before bringing them inside. This allows the roots to recover from transplanting, without having to support a lot of leaves and flowers.
  3. Do not allow your herb to go to seed before bringing inside. Seeds indicate that the plant cycle has finished for the season.
  4. Combine multiple herbs in one container, as long as they have the same moisture and lighting needs.
  5. Even the smallest kitchen garden offers plenty of herbs if used often. The more plants are trimmed,the more stems will grow and the herb will stay small and bushy.

What You Need

  • Soil - less potting mix, see below for directions
  • Your choices of most used herbs
  • A single dish container or more, to fit in your indoor growing area
  • A window with at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, or a grow light.

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