Indoor Herb Gardening Tips – Healthy Herbs on Holiday and in Winter

Herbs aren’t the most difficult plants to grow. These indoor herb gardening tips will help you in growing a successful indoor herb garden. Herbs are fantastic for cooking. There’s nothing quite like using your own herbs in your cooking. And normally you don’t need to grow too many for them to prove useful.

Tip 1 – Keep in Good Light

Herbs like full sun, so you’re going to want to put them near a window that gets a lot of direct sunlight. A kitchen window that receives full sunlight, if you’re lucky enough to have one, is ideal because the herbs will be accessible for use.

Tip 2 – Annuals vs Perennials

Annual herbs will require replanting each year whereas perennials will last longer than a year. Keep this in mind when planting them in the same container — you don’t want the replanting of annuals to damage the perennials.

Common annual herbs are:

  • Arugula (rocket)
  • Basil
  • Borage
  • Cayenne
  • Chamomile
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Parsley

Perennial herbs last longer than a year but you’ll need to prune them to keep them in shape.

Common perennial herbs are:

  • Chives
  • Fennel
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

Tip 3 – Growing Herbs in Winter

In winter, make sure they get enough sunlight (e.g. North facing in southern hemisphere and south facing in northern hemisphere). Otherwise you may need some grow lights or an appliance such as the Aerogarden.

Tip 4 – Watering while on Holiday

If like me you go away on holiday quite regularly, keeping your herbs alive is a challenge. There are a couple of techniques, depending on how long you’ll be away. Read up about them on the vacation watering page.