Looking for a fun but low maintenance hobby for you or your kids this year? Or do you have a little one interested in plants or flowers? If the answer is yes, or if you’d just like to test out your green thumb, keep reading for everything you need to know about starting an indoor herb garden.

Starting Your Indoor Herb Garden

First off, take a deep breath. As long as you have a spot in your house that gets around 6-8 hours of sunlight a day, indoor herb gardens are easy to start and keep alive.

Once you’ve given yourself the pep talk you need to get started, you’ll need to decide what herbs you want to plant. In the winter, rosemary, chives, oregano, thyme, lemongrass and mint are a few easy-to-grow options. After you and your kids have decided what to plant, head to your local garden center and pick up herbs starters, pots, and soil. (You can definitely start your herb garden from seeds, but it will take a little more time to yield your harvest.)

After you’ve potted your herbs, place them on a windowsill that gets plenty of light. Water them regularly, but be careful not to over water them. Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make when taking care of plants. The soil should be slightly damp to touch, or even dry on the very top layer.

Once your garden is set up, it’s time to watch your herbs grow! Be sure to use your herbs in a dinner recipe. Your kids will love knowing they get to eat the herbs from their garden. And who knows, maybe it will convince them to try something new!

Happy gardening!

Check out these additional resources for starting your indoor herb garden:
Start an Indoor Herb Garden
Indoor Gardening with Kids
Herb Garden for Kids