8 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors
Apartment living has a ton of advantages. Easy maintenance, great amenities, and a built-in community, to name just a few. Of course, when you live in an apartment you are not able to have a big garden because you don’t have the luxury of all that space. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t grow some herbs inside your apartment.
There are lots of herbs that will do just fine growing in your apartment. They are a great way to bring greenery indoors and make the perfect addition to home-cooked meals.
- Chives: Chives love the sunshine so find a nice south-facing window where they can get between 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. They love moist soil and usually grow quite quickly. In fact, you may find that after a bit you can divide your chive plant and share with a neighbor, so they too can enjoy chives on their baked potato!
- Rosemary: Like chives, rosemary needs 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. Additionally, you need to make sure that their soil never fully dries out or that it’s too damp. While maybe not one of the easier herbs to grow indoors, it is a tasty one! Rosemary can be added to many dishes and if you love to make focaccia you’ll be adding this herb all the time.
- Dill: This is a great herb to start from seed. Dill loves the sun, too and if you’re not the best at remembering to water your herbs – dill is for you! It is drought-resistant but does better if you remember to water occasionally. Dill can grow as tall as 36 inches high, but there are some special varieties that will stop at 18 inches if you don’t want something so tall.
- Oregano: Oregano needs good drainage (so it doesn’t sit in water) and plenty of sunlight to be happy. Other than that, it’s a pretty easy herb to grow. There are several different varieties of oregano so decide what you will be using it for before you make your choice.
- Parsley: Whether you choose to grow curly leaf parsley or flat leaf parsley, you will find that this is another herb that does well with apartment living. Parsley likes sunshine, moist soil, and to be occasionally fertilized to keep it healthy. And really parsley is more than a pretty garnish – especially the flat leaf variety. It has a great flavor!
- Basil: Basil is probably one of the most popular herbs to grow indoors. After all, it’s great in Italian dishes and fresh is always better. You can often pick up small basil plants in the grocery store which can easily be transplanted to a clay pot or start your basil from seed. Keep your basil in the sun and make sure the soil can drain off excess water. You’ll love making a Caprese salad at home when you have fresh basil!
- Cilantro: You either love cilantro or hate it, but if you love it you should grow some at home. Water your cilantro when the soil is dry and provide it with plenty of sunlight. Additionally, like parsley, it will need to be fertilized occasionally in order to stay healthy. You can be making homemade salsa with your very own cilantro in no time.
- Mint: Love mojitos? Then how about growing some mint? Mint is a hardy herb and one of the few that doesn’t require direct sunlight, although it does require moist soil so you will need to be more careful with watering. And, of course, you can use mint for more than just mojitos, but mojitos are a great place to start!
If you’ve been wanting to start an indoor herb garden these herbs make great choices. Start with a few of your favorites and add additional herbs as you go along. You’ll love how they look in your apartment and what they can do for your cooking.