Outdoor gardening for the city dweller is a bit unrealistic, and impractical. Growing your own herbs at home is possible in the city; it just takes a little more work and guidance. This is a guide to growing herbs indoors. Having fresh herbs sitting right in your windowsill saves you money and gets you fresher ingredients that mean better flavor.
Gardening isn’t always an easy hobby and along the way there will be plant casualties. Start with some of the easier to care for herbs and don’t get discouraged. While you won’t be able to grow everything that outdoor gardeners can, there is still great satisfaction in growing your own, saving a little money, and having the freshest herbs possible.
Herbs To Grow Indoors
Some herbs are easier than others to grow indoors. This list breaks down which herbs to choose for your indoor herb garden based on their difficulty.
Easy Herbs To Grow Indoors
These are few of the easier herbs to grow in your home. Great for beginners or people that don’t have loads of time to dedicate to their indoor garden
Growing Vietnamese Coriander – If you love cilantro this is a great alternative. It is very easy and reliable herb to grow in your indoor garden and has a taste that is hard to distinguish from cilantro.
Growing Mint – Mint grows so well that it is considered an aggressive or invasive plant. It should be grown in its own pot. Because of this you should only grow mint if you use spearmint frequently in recopies, or if you like peppermint in your tea.
Growing Lemongrass – This is one of the most simple herbs to grow indoors, it does not even require soil. It can be set in a container of water and new growth will begin to occur. It will grow new sprouts, roots, and a plethora of stalks from the bottom. These stalks can be cut away easily and used in cooking.
Growing Bay Tree – Bay leaf is a very common herb that is called for in a wide variety of recipes. While bay tree is a slow growing plant it is very rewarding. Care for the Bay Tree means careful watering and cleaning of scaling if it becomes too dry.
Growing Chive – Chive is a great herb for indoor gardening. It requires less light than many other plants. In fact some varieties have been developed specifically for indoor growing. The Grolau Chive is engineered to grow in lower light and is perfect for indoor gardening.
Growing Parsley – While parsley does not need much sun, it is a slow grower. This is an attractive herb to grow visually, but if you use it often in recipes you will have to have a good amount to rotate through as you use it for culinary purposes.
Growing Kaffir Lime Trees – Another great tree for indoor herb gardens is the Kaffir Lime. This is a very common herb for Thai cooking. This plant does require a special “citrus plant food”. Take care if what you feed it and it will grow well and have the right flavor.
Stay tuned for additional herb gardening tips and plants.
East Phoenix Valley Herb Garden Nurseries
To get your indoor herb garden going A&P nurseries have everything you need in Mesa, Gilbert, and Queen Creek Arizona. Stop by to pick out your herbs, pots, fertilizers and ask any questions you might have about getting started and getting the most out of your indoor herb gardens.