For all foodies, having a herb garden on your windowsill can be the dream! That’s why we’ve compiled this guide of herb gardening for beginners packed with all the information you need to start growing and saving money!
General information before you start:
- Herbs prefer natural light, so make sure you place them in a spot where they can get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
- Never let your plants sit in water until their roots rot. Make sure that all plants are drained well, especially ones which prefer a dryer soil.
- Choose plastic containers over clay containers during the summer – clay pots can dry the soil out quicker, especially in the warmer months.
- Herbs like being at the same temperature as humans! If you’re happy, then so are they 🙂 Keep them away from radiators and direct contact with windows.
Herb gardening for beginners – Which plants should I choose?
Recognised by their long and slender green stems, chives are easy to grow and are full of flavour for the compact size. Keep an eye out for the flowers which bloom, they are edible too!
Water: Keep the soil moist, especially whilst the plant is growing roots.
Issues: Chives can become floppy and scraggly if you don’t harvest them enough. This is easy to solve by giving them a trim!
Harvest: Pick leaves at any point by cutting from the outside of the clump.
Commonly used in sauces and poultry dishes, sage can bring a lot of flavour and fragrance to any simple dish!
Soil: Sage grows best in well-drained soils. You can consider adding sand and organic matter to the soil to provide better drainage.
Water: Keep the soil moist by topping it up with water whenever the soil is dry.
Issues: These plants need to be thinned regularly to promote air circulation, so make sure you keep on top with trimming them!
Harvest: Pick leaves at any point in the growing season, you can cut an entire stem or just pick off a few leaves.
A staple for any herb garden, parsley is packed with iron, Vitamins A, C and E, and can add some leafy green colour to any room!
Soil: These plants tend to grow best in rich, moist soil.
Water: They grow best with adequate moisture, but is adaptable to different types of soil, too.
Issues: Remember to leave the inner stalks when you start to harvest your leaves, that way the plant can continue growing.
Harvest: Pick the outside leaves at any point of the season, you can also use the stems for cooking as their flavour is a lot more potent than the leaves!
Rosemary is an easy to grow and a striking upright green shrub!
Soil: Keep the soil light and well-drained.
Water: Make sure you let the soil dry out between waterings, they hate wet feet!
Issues: The plant can get lanky quickly, so make sure you keep on top of the pruning and take cuttings for the next season.
Harvest: Young stems and leaves tend to taste the freshest, you can dry the leaves afterwards and store them in an airtight container.
A classic of Italian cuisine, this plant is not to be missed!
Soil: Consider fertilising oregano every 2 weeks with diluted water-soluble food!
Water: Allow the soil to dry out a bit in between waterings
Issues: Make sure to give it a ‘haircut’ to keep the plant compact and producing leaves
Harvest: You can pick the leaves at any time but be aware that the flavour is most intense just before the plants bloom! Simply snip the leafy stems to your preferred length, but, make sure to leave at least an inch of the stem to work as a base for remaining leaves.
A perfect addition to salads, pizza and pasta dishes, basil plants are simple to grow indoors.
Soil: This plant needs well-drained and nutrient rich soil. Make sure to use an organic fertiliser, especially if you’re eating the leaves!
Water: Water regularly but add additional moisture using a spray bottle.
Issues: Basil can often grow vigorously meaning that you may have to repot it a few times to keep up with its growth! It also hates the cold, so make sure it never touches any windows.
Harvest: Start snipping as soon as plants show at least 4 sets of leaves, make sure to only pick the individual leaves which you’ll use straight away.
And there you have it! We hope that our Herb Gardening for Beginners guide inspired you to start growing your own healthy plants indoors. join the conversation with us and show us your herb garden creations on Twitter!