Indoor Gardening Herb Tips for Non-Green Thumbs

Take it from me. Growing herbs isn’t as easy as the Internet tells you. So here are some indoor gardening herb tips from someone who has tried, failed, tried again, failed some more, and is now a successful herb grower. With a little help from the Internet.

indoor gardening herb tips

The sad story

Living in the country is wonderful but it turns out I’m a terrible at most of the things that make country living look quaint and picturesque on Pinterest. Like gardening.

Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. Last year I grew loads of things all over the place. And then…there were bunnies and deer and rats and all sorts of bugs. All of a sudden. And they enjoyed my beautiful garden.

So I thought perhaps I should become an indoor gardener until we can build a fence or a greenhouse. I salvaged the plants I could, potted them, and moved them indoors. But…it wasn’t so simple. In fact, they didn’t like the indoors much.

The happy discovery

In my front garden I have a small planter with chives and mint. All summer I enjoyed cutting the herbs as I was cooking, running back and forth between the garden and the stove. But by autumn they had withered so I left the container out over the winter and remembered my little herbs with fondness.

But then! The snow melted…the sun came out…and my little herbs are growing back!

It gave me hope. Maybe I can’t do a full garden yet, but what about herbs? I’ve tried them in the past to various degrees of success. But what if I gave it another go?

The next step

I did a bit of searching to come up with a great little herb garden but wasn’t sure what would work best. There are so many options! And then we found the big kahuna of herb gardens—AeroGarden Sprout LED with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit. Like, what? Gourmet herb seed pods?

We found it on Amazon and I thought it was both silly and amazing. Going with the three-herb version for the first time around I set up the little machine and set it up in the kitchen window.

And I waited. And waited. And waited some more.

A week or so later the waiting was over. I have kitchen herbs! I’m thrilled with it and can’t believe how well the little system works. I’m thinking I can use the AeroGarden for the herbs I’m not sure how to grow, or haven’t had good luck with. And then the ones I feel more confident with I can keep out on in the front garden.

One herb at a time.

indoor gardening herbs

Indoor Gardening Herb Tips

  • Herb roots like growing away from light so if you’re growing in jars or bottles, go for a colour rather than clear
  • Many herbs can grow in just water—cut a five-inch stem, strip off the bottom leaves, and place the stem in water to root. Once the roots develop you can plant into pots
  • Using a grow light supplements lighting for herbs. This is good if you don’t have a south-facing window or don’t get 6+ hours of sunlight per day
  • The herb varieties that do best indoors: cilantro, basil, parsley, oregano, chives, thyme, and sage
  • Take it from me. Growing herbs isn't as easy as the Internet tells you. So here are some indoor gardening herb tips from someone who has tried, failed, tried again, failed some more, and is now a successful herb grower. With a little help from the Internet.

    This is such a random topic but I’m so happy with my AeroGarden herb garden system. It’s a bit pricey but I have herbs now! So many herbs! It’s giving me my gardening confidence back!

    And if you were wondering if I ever used my garden encouragement signs the answer is YES. And they’re awesome.

Top Five Uses for Mint

It’s no secret that I’m new to gardening and that my experience up until this point has been less than green.

Meaning I kill plants.

However, this year although the garden is not exactly keeping up with the Joneses at least things aren’t dead yet.

That was the introduction. Because this story isn’t very long. Basically I just wanted to highlight the fact that I’m not a natural gardener and so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I bought a little mint plant in which to plant in my garden (I heard it’s a good companion plant and chases the bad bugs away) and then promptly forgot to plant it.

Now it’s planted on my balcony. It just so happened someone (who must be crazy) put a bunch of vertical horizontal trough-like deck planters behind our communal dumpster (which is where all the best stuff goes) so I grabbed one (OK fine. Two) and planted the mint in there.

And would you believe the only thing I had thought of to do with the mint was make tzatziki?

Since I don’t want anyone else to suffer from the same lack of inspiration, here are the Top Five Uses for Mint. By Robyn. Not counting the tzatziki (that was a freebie).

Top Five Uses for Mint

  1. Room Deodorizer. This is, like, the original Febreeze. The easy way to use mint as a room freshener is to use essential oils. However, if you want to be herby you can break up the mint around the house. The friction releases the aroma. Mmmmm. Smelly. But I actually don’t think I would do this in my house because scents kind of make me sneeze. But perhaps if it’s a light scent it would be OK. Or if my house was SUPER stinky. Anyway, it’s really good to know about because I will no longer wonder how to naturally freshen my house.

  2. Mint Sauce. Actually this is super easy to make—no really! You take chopped mint, one tablespoon of sugar, four tablespoons of white wine vinegar, and salt and pepper. You beat it up a bit and then serve it on lamb! Yeah!

  3. Mint Tea. OK so I’m a COFFEE drinker, not a TEA drinker. But I know mint is good for a stomachache (along with other digestive ailments) so if you have a queasy stomach, just throw some mint leaves into your tea and voila. Or something. I think it will work, and even if it doesn’t it will be tasty.

  4. Insect Repellent. This is one of the most interesting uses for mint I’ve seen. Basically you just have the mint around and the aroma keeps mosquitoes away. And if you have it down by your door, it should keep ants out. Brilliant! Or, you can purchase these nice little mint candles for 60 bucks a pop. And… the ad says you can use the candle holder as a (wait for it) planter once the candle is burned up. Or you can buy a $2 plant at the greenhouse. Whatever, your call.

  5. MOJITOS! I am so embarrassed. How did I not think of this sooner? Well, except for the fact that we haven’t had a summer and stuff and junk. But seriously.

    So in case you want to make your own mojito here are the five ingredients: white rum, sparkling water, sugar cane juice, lime juice, and of course mint leaves. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm refreshing.