Growing Herbs Indoors: A Winter Indoor Herb Garden Guide for Beginners
I’m so excited to start my winter indoor herb garden!
When the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, you may feel like gardening is a thing of the past. But that doesn’t have to be true! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can keep your green thumb active throughout the winter months. Growing herbs indoors is not only possible, but it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Read on to learn how I got started!
The Benefits of a Winter Indoor Herb Garden
Growing a winter indoor herb garden has many benefits. For starters, it is something we could all use during the winter months when outdoor activities are limited. Indoor gardening is a great way to practice self-sustainability and connect with nature in the comfort of your own home. Here are just some of the ways an indoor herb garden could benefit you this winter:
- Incorporating natural beauty and scent into your home through potted plants
- Connecting with nature, even when it’s too cold to go outside
- Increasing air quality in your living space
- Learn new gardening skills and techniques by harvesting fresh, organic ingredients from your own home!
- Fresh herbs are always available when you need them for your fantastic homestead recipes
Choosing Herbs that will do Best Indoors
Now that you know why indoor herb gardening is so great, it’s time to choose the best herbs to grow inside in winter. When selecting herbs for your indoor garden, look for varieties that don’t require much sunlight or space (like chives). Also, consider which herbs you love to cook with and would use frequently throughout the winter months (such as rosemary or thyme).
What to look for when choosing the right herbs:
- Herbs that don’t require much sunlight or space
- Varieties you love to cook with and would use frequently throughout the winter months
- Herbs that are easy to find
- Herbs that are easy to maintain
- Herbs that are good for indoor growing
- Varieties that have a strong scent and flavor
Once you have decided which herbs to grow indoors this winter, it’s time to get started!
Creating an Indoor Herb Garden Space
Before planting your herbs, you will need a suitable space for them. Most herbs require 6-8 hours of sunlight in order to thrive, so you should locate an area that receives plenty of natural or artificial light.
You can also invest in grow lights like I did if needed. I’m setting mine up in my 3-Tier Stand Sunlite Light Garden. I assume when I’m finished getting my seeds started it will occupy an entire shelf.
There are so many unique and fun indoor herb garden space ideas that look and function fantastically. Your herb garden could even be right on your kitchen counter or windowsill to make it extra convenient. Just make sure to give them enough space so they can spread out and get the light they need.
Once you’ve chosen space for your indoor garden, make sure to prepare it by sterilizing the soil and providing adequate drainage. Depending on the herbs you have selected, you may need additional supplies like self-watering systems or plant stands.
Soil and Watering Needs for Winter Indoor Herb Garden
When it comes to soil, herbs don’t require much – a well-draining potting mix should do the trick. Once your herbs are planted, water them regularly and make sure the soil isn’t too wet or dry. Keep an eye out for signs of overwatering such as yellowing leaves or root rot.
Be sure to rotate them occasionally so they receive light evenly on all sides.
Your herbs should also be fertilized every two weeks with a liquid fertilizer to help them grow. With the right care, your herbs should thrive and be ready to use in no time!
Harvesting from Your Winter Indoor Herb Garden
The best part about having a winter indoor herb garden is that you can enjoy the fruits (or should I say herbs?) of your labor! Harvesting your herbs is a great way to add fresh flavors and aromas to any dish. You can snip off leaves as needed or harvest entire plants for recipes like pesto or salsa.
Just make sure to harvest in the early morning, when the essential oils are at their peak. Enjoy your herbs fresh or you can even dry them for use in teas and other recipes.
The Last Thing You Need To Know To Make Your Indoor Herb Garden A Success!
With these tips in mind, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of your winter indoor herb garden in no time! Have fun experimenting with different herbs, flavors, and techniques. Get creative with your indoor garden this season – you will be glad you did! So get out there and start growing those herbs! With just a few supplies and regular maintenance, soon enough you will have an indoor garden full of fresh herbs ready for harvesting.
Happy Gardening! 😊🌱✨