Growing Fresh Herbs At Home

How to Grow an Herb Garden Indoors

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There’s nothing nicer than being able to pluck fresh herbs from your own little garden — especially when that garden is right in your home!

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Step 1: Choose your herbs
Decide which herbs you’d like to plant. Basil, cilantro, chives, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme all grow well indoors.

Step 2: Get containers
For each herb, get a container that measures, from end to end, one-third to one-half the expected height of the grown plant. Buy ones especially made for herbs from a gardening center, or use a clean milk carton or yogurt cup; just make sure you punch a hole in the bottom for drainage.

Basil needs a large pot because of its extensive roots.

Step 3: Cover the bottom and add soil
Place pottery shards or gravel in the bottom of each container for drainage, and then put each container on a saucer. Fill the containers with planter soil, or use potting soil mixed with perlite.

Step 4: Plant your seeds
Plant the seeds according to the package’s instructions. Most should be sown close to the surface.

Step 5: Find a sunny spot
Find a spot where the plants will get a lot of sunshine. A south- or west-facing window works best.

If you don’t have a sunny window, put your herb garden under fluorescent light for 12 hours a day.

Step 6: Water carefully
Water once a week, or whenever the soil an inch down feels dry. Add enough water so that a little runs out of the hole at the bottom of the pot. Pour out any that collects in the saucer.

Step 7: Consider using starter plants
Consider growing some or all of your herbs from starter plants, which you can get from gardening centers. Some herbs, like mint, sage, thyme, and savory, take a long time to develop from seeds.

Step 8: Savor your herbs
Savor the luxury of snipping off some fresh herbs whenever you want to spice up a dish.

Did You Know?
In ancient Greece, students wore garlands of rosemary while studying for exams to help their memory. Today, it is being studied as a possible Alzheimer’s treatment.


  1. kiettram4869

    It’s called a “Silent H” There are many silent letters in the english alphabet: Knife (K)
    Herb (H) Knick-Knacks (K) Here is the english alphabet for you to read: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

  2. BarondHolbach

    It’s only silent in American English. In proper English, the H is pronounced. If you’d ever left your village, you’d know that.

  3. ZombiedustXXX

    Well Shakesqueer, I always figured some of you Brits saved up all those extra H’s when you answer the telephone as ‘ello, and tacked them onto the pronunciation of herbs! =P

  4. misskatierose

    @drcarico I thank that was Dick Van Dyke who gave the world sudo cockney, not even the English are that good at true cockney slag lol

  5. misskatierose

    How to grow A herb garden indoors 🙂

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  8. AmazingAngel Clifton

    r these herbs legal

  9. MsCanadian85

    its an because the h is silent, so the e counts as a vowel hence its An

  10. misskatierose

    but the H is not silent, I can understand how an accent would change how the word is said but not how it is treated within literature. I would love to know how it all changed in America 🙂 x

  11. MsCanadian85

    well i’m not american as you can see i am canadian and if you mistake me for an american i don’t know i may have to shoot you 😉 we are a totally different country. i never noticed if i say the h or not but regardless the rules of grammar still stand. are you in the uk?

  12. WinterFox155

    will somebody help me because my parsley has not germanated yet and they have been in for a week ;0

  13. DuckMySickLOL

    pineapple express?

  14. Aaish Kanjer

    wtf is an earb?

  15. greenbeast1345

    yeah herbs thats it, im gonna grow weed…..uh i mean herbs *inocent smile* xD

  16. Delcaroll

    An herb?

  17. bintangdn

    She is HOT..

  18. braveheart683

    WHAT IS AND ERB????? Americans are confusing.

  19. Cintia0789

    Good video! I was wondering if I can grow herbs using baby formula cans & after watching this video, it seems like I can!

  20. Sharon Wong

    Good information but horrible accent

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  22. Andrea Patane

    Trader Joe’s sells basil plants. Sage is the name of my pirate avatar from Pirates Of The Caribbean Online.

  23. Wonsowaty

    Great video 🙂 try on ebay if you are looking new garden stuff :) look on

  24. ImASquid1

    Damn you loading screen 0^0


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