Build Indoor Herb Gardens – A How-To Guide

This is my one-page “Build Indoor Herb Gardens” How-To Guide. I’m going to show you all that you need to set up your own indoor herb garden. We’re going to use soil as a growing medium rather than more complicated hydroponics or aeroponics.

You will need:

  • One or more containers or pots
  • A bag of fresh new potting soil
  • A choice of seeds for your favourite herbs
  • Labels


There’s a huge variety of plant containers or pots that you can choose from when starting an indoor herb garden. My herb garden’s in a plastic container 50cm long and 20cm wide. This is big enough for a number of herbs. And being rectangular it’s an efficient use of space and sits nicely at the window sill!

Clay pots tend to be more attractive than plastic containers. And the unglazed ones have the benefit of being porous which improves the aeration of the soil.

Be sure that the pot or container you select has one or more holes at the bottom to allow for good drainage, and a tray to prevent water from leaking onto the floor/table top.

Potting Soil

You should use a bag of fresh potting soil for your garden. This ensures that the soil is free of harmful bacteria and pests.


There’s a huge variety of indoor herbs to choose from and your choice will depend on your requirements. Good choices for the kitchen are:

  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Coriander
  • Sage


It’s a good idea to put little labels in the soil when you plant your seeds. This doesn’t have to be fancy — even a small piece of paper will do. I like to put the type of the seed on the label (e.g. Coriander) as well as the date that they were planted.

Putting the date on the label helps me remember how many days it’s been since I planted them, so I can monitor their progress.


Once you have everything you need, it’s time to plant!

  1. Empty the potting soil into the container, leaving about an inch between the top of the soil and the container’s brim
  2. Read the instructions on the seed packet regarding how deep the seeds should be sown and how far apart they should be
  3. Using your finger, make holes in the soil of the required depth. If the seed packet doesn’t specify the depth, plant the seeds around 2cm deep
  4. Sow one seed per hole
  5. Cover the seeds with potting soil
  6. Water to moisten the soil

Until the seeds have germinated, water them daily. Be careful not to use too much water. Make sure the soil looks moist most of the time. I strongly recommend using a spray bottle to soften the impact of the water on the soil, otherwise the seeds may come up to the surface.


Last but not least, give your herb garden plenty of sun. It should be placed in direct sunlight, such as on a window sill. Remember to keep curtains or blinds open to maximise the garden’s sun exposure.

That brings me to the end of my “Build Indoor Herb Gardens” How-To Guide. Explore the rest of this section of the site to read more about indoor herb gardens.