First, consider the types of herbs you would like to grow. Some are heartier and therefore easier to grow than others. For example, mint grows so well that often it is best for it to be in its own container, so that it does not spread and crowd out other herbs you are attempting to grow. An herb like rosemary is another that can easily be grown indoors. It does not need the soil moisture level to remain at a constant level in order to thrive and it is resistant to pests. Thyme requires minimal watering and is really low maintenance. Take the time to learn about the soil and moisture needs of the herbs you are considering, particularly if you are hoping to grow several in one container. Take the time to learn how best to start your chosen herbs. Some will grow quite easily from seed, while others may be more easily started from cuttings.
As with many things in life, consider location, location, location. Depending on the type of herbs you would like to grow, you need to have the appropriate amount of sunlight. Some herbs require as many as six to eight hours of sunlight per day. A windowsill with southern exposure is often the perfect spot. If you do not have a spot that can provide the right amount of light, consider purchasing a grow lamp to compensate. Others do better in a shady environment. It is important to know your herbs needs so that you can provide the best location possible. Make sure you turn your container every so often so all sides get a chance at the light.
Next consider the type of container you’ll be using. Because herbs generally have small root systems, it is possible to use fairly small containers. This may come in handy if you find that your herbs are getting too much sun or too much shade, simply pick the container up and move it to a different location. The main requirement for your container is that it have proper drainage. Some herbs are very sensitive to over-watering, so a container with good drainage can offer more success. For those worried about tending to their herbs, consider a self-watering container. These strive to keep the moisture level at a constant, which is perfect for herbs like parsley. Depending on the climate where you live, some might consider a container that can be moved outdoors in more temperate months and indoors during the winter.
Growing an indoor herb garden is a great project for the whole family. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a variety of herbs. With some basic potting soil, a container and seeds or seedlings, you’ll soon be on your way to having your own little harvestable crop.