Growing your own herbs!

We promise you, itʼs not as daunting or time consuming as it sounds!

No matter how big a space you have you can easily grow more than enough basil, dill, oregano, chives and thyme on just a tiny window sill! All you need is a little water and sunshine.

You can often find pre-made window boxes with an assortment of herbs in them at Walmart or any other place that carries indoor plants. But what weʼd love to encourage is making your own! You save money, and you can feel good knowing exactly where everything came from!

All you need is some kind of container with drainage, some soil (either store bought, or dug up), and some seeds (or seedlings)! The size of the container depends on how much youʼd like to grow. Keep in mind, each herb probably needs less space than you think! Youʼd be surprised with how much you can fit into a small planter.

Now depending on your gardening experience and sunlight exposure, youʼre going to want to choose certain herbs to grow. Here’s a very simple chart showing difficulty to grow and needed sunlight exposure:

HERB

DIFFICULTY

SUNLIGHT (hrs/day)

TIPS

Chive

beginner

4-6

Doesnʼt need quite as much light as everything else.

Parsley

beginner

4-6

Is a slow grower, so donʼt be disappointed…. yet!

Mint

beginner

6

Likes to take over, so should be potted alone.

Oregano

intermediate

6-8

Need lots of sunshine.

Rosemary

intermediate

8+

Very sensitive to over-watering!!

Thyme

intermediate

8+

May also need supplemental light.

Basil

challenging

8+

Thai Basil does well indoors. Itʼs good to start this one in the summer when thereʼs lots of sunlight!

Cilantro

challenging

6-8

Cilantro tends to grow flowers and seeds instead of leaves, a good trick if plants many seeds at once, but only letting them get about 4 inches tall before harvesting.

Sage

challenging

6+

Very sensitive to over- watering. You can also try to grow Dwarf Sage which is great for smaller containers.

Basil, cilantro and sage are challenging, however, we donʼt mean exceedingly difficult. These three “challenging” herbs just require a little more TLC than some of the other easier to maintain herbs listed. Now, often times on seed packages it will tell you how far under the soil to plant the seed, and how far apart the seeds should be planted (keeping in mind you can probably plant them a little closer together)! If you donʼt know however, there are many other online resources, so feel free to explore online or ask a gardening friend! Grandmothers are perfect for this!

Please leave any herb or vegetable growing tips underneath, the more information we pool together, the better!

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