How to create an indoor herb garden

Healthy, stress-relieving and beautiful to look at: the benefits of growing your own herbs go beyond the flavour boost to your dishes. Give it a try this Easter with this easy guide.

As the man responsible for tending to Bicester Village’s blooming flowerbeds and planters, Simon Milner knows a thing or two about gardening. We asked him for his top tips on creating your own indoor herb garden – all you need is a sunny windowsill.


Decide what to grow

There are so many options when it comes to growing herbs indoors – whether you plant those you cook with most or use this opportunity to expand your repertoire. Simon recommends trying basil, sage, chives, oregano, thyme, rosemary, lemon balm, parsley, mint and coriander.

“For beginners, the best way to start is with healthy plants or seedlings,” says Simon. “You can grow from seeds or cuttings, but it’s a much slower process.”


Choose the right location

Herbs love the sun. If you have a windowsill that gets around three to four hours of sunlight a day, then you have the perfect conditions to grow your favourite herbs indoors.


Pot the plants

The next step is choosing the right container: a glazed plant pot with a saucer beneath it is ideal. Herbs love water but don’t grow well when they’re sitting in it. Adding small stones to the bottom of your pot will allow water to drain away into the saucer and protect the roots.

When you’re potting the herbs, use multi-purpose compost mixed with sharp/silver sand to create a well-draining mix.


Don’t forget the maintenance

Be sure to water and check on your indoor herb garden on a routine bases. The soil wants to be moist, but not sopping wet. “I’d suggest buying a spray bottle so you can mist the leaves of your herbs daily – indoor plants normally suffer from dry foliage,” explains Simon.

Once you’ve created your indoor herb garden, wait a week before harvesting your herbs so that they can settle into their new home.