Growing your own indoor herb garden is not difficult and herbs like fresh basil or oregano gives your dish a fresh taste that dried herbs can’t. It’s also ideal for those who don’t have room for an outdoor garden.
To help you start your own indoor herb garden, we’ve put together some tips on getting herbs started, how much water and light your herbs need, and a list of which herbs grow best indoors.
Which Herbs Grow Best Indoors?
When you’re establishing your herb garden, first think about which herbs you’ll use the most. If you enjoy salads or pasta dishes, then herbs like Basil and Oregano would be ideal. If your family enjoys a hearty bowl of soup, then Dill and Chives would be an excellent choice.
Here are some idea on herbs that grow best indoors and which dishes they work best with.
Lemon Balm has a bright green color with the scent of lemon and a hint of mint. It’s an ideal herb with which to brew your favorite tea, add a bright flavor to a fruit or green salad, and is a great seasoning for fresh fish.
One benefit of Lemon Balm is that you can use them stems (once you’ve stripped the leaves) to add a fresh scent to floral bouquets!
Cutting the plant back helps it grow back twice as lush, so you’re always likely to have fresh leaves on hand. It’s best when used fresh, as it loses much of it’s flavor and color when it’s dried.
Whether you’re growing Garlic or Onion Chives, you’ll find that both are super easy to grow and work in a variety of dishes.
Chives are best used to garnish your dish, as the heat from cooking can destroy the flavor.
When your Chives are well-established, they’ll start to grow beautiful, small purple flowers which are also edible and have the same subtle onion flavor. Float them in your favorite soup or use them as a garnish!
Parsley is a very versatile herb that is relatively easy to grow. It can liven up dishes like vegetables, rice, soups, salads, and is ideal for a good herb butter to put on vegetables or steaks.
Like Chives, Parsley is best used as a garnish or added towards the end of the cooking process as it will lose it’s flavor and color with heat.
It can be frozen or dried, though it does lose much of its flavor when dried.
There are several varieties of Basil, but the most common is Sweet Basil.
It grows more quickly in hotter climates, so if you plan on making Pesto, you’ll need at least a dozen or so plants. However, when grown indoors, it can be used for a variety of Asian or Italian dishes and makes a very pretty garnish.
Many people seem to either love or hate Cilantro, but this indoor herb can be used in multiple ways.
Cilantro has a very distinctive and strong aroma and flavor. It’s best used in Caribbean and Asian foods and is ideal for salsas, curries, salads, herb butter, and marinades.
There are actually around 10 varieties of mint, including Catnip, Peppermint, and Spearmint. The most common is Sweet Mint which is also the easiest to grow.
Mint is perfect for sauces, drinks, and desserts. It also can be used as a garnish because of its pretty, bright leaves and can be chewed to freshen breath.
German, English, and Lemon are three types of Thyme that you can grow in your indoor herb garden. Lemon Thyme seems to be the favorite among growers.
You can use lemon thyme in any recipe that calls for lemon, including marinades. Its growth is vigorous, so be sure to trim it back often.
There are three main types of Oregano, including Greek, Italian, and Spicy.
Oregano is often used to season spaghetti sauce, but it can also be added to Italian or Greek dishes, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, tomatoes, and vegetables such as beans and zucchini for a deeper flavor.
Oregano doesn’t hold its flavor during prolonged cooking when used fresh, so add fresh leaves at the end of the cooking process.
Stevia is perfect for adding a lot of sweetness with very little product – and naturally!
It’s a great alternative to processed sugars and is up to 150 times sweeter. It’s best to use established plants from your local garden center since growing them from seeds is difficult.
You can use any variety of containers for your indoor herb garden. Just make sure that you have sufficient drainage and plenty of sun!
Which herbs would you most
likely grow in your indoor herb garden?