Supermarket-bought herbs just cannot compare to the fresh taste and tang of your own home-grown herbs, and what is more, it’s really easy to grow your own at home. You will also find that if you opt to grow herbs either from seed or cuttings from established plants, your herb plants will live a lot longer. Supermarket plants are more often than not, very poor contenders. Fortunately, herbs like similar temperatures to humans so you can grow your own year-round without worrying about eating in season.

 

Indoor herbs need as much natural light as they can get so make sure you choose a sunny spot on a windowsill or container near a large window. Indoor herbs also need good drainage so make sure you fill the container in which your plant will live with broken pots and decent free-draining compost. You might even add a little vermiculate into the mix to add even more freedom of flow. Use a pot with drainage holes and make sure you protect any surfaces with a saucer too.

 

Easy growers

Herbs like chives, rosemary, and thyme grow very well and very easily indoors. You can also give marjoram, mint and parsley a try too. Taking regular clippings is a good idea – not least because these plants are grown to be eaten. Clipping encourages new growth so add freely to all manner of stews, salads and anything else you can dream up in the kitchen without hesitation. Rotate your plants so they all get equal access to the light and to avoid them growing in just one direction.

 

For experts

Basil remains the herb that if grown indoors, stumps even the most experienced of gardeners and it can be especially tough to grow over the winter. There are some varieties out there that can grow more easily – they might look a little different but should taste about the same. Oregano can also be tough to keep happy as it likes an awful lot of light – remember it heralds from the Mediterranean. Sage too, can also be a tough customer as it is very prone to mildew and is super sensitive to over-watering.

 

Top tips

Make sure to pot each plant separately in its own pot. Some herbs, like mint, can be invasive and will stunt others so let each one hang out in its own space to avoid any overcrowding problems. Also, if you have the space, grow a few of each variety to ensure you have a good crop year-round. Remember that plants have a natural resting phase and so you shouldn’t expect an individual plant to cope with your herb needs all the time. Planting a few of each should help you to avoid this problem. Finally, when watering, water at the base of each plant, not on the leaves, herb leaves are very tender and get easily upset if they are too soggy. If you find your plants are looking a bit leggy, it might be that they just aren’t getting enough light. In this case, you may need to reposition them to another room in the house.