I love gardening. Problem is, I’m a terrible gardener, LOL.
But as I go through life, I don’t really pay that little detail much mind and I keep on trying to find ways to get more “green” into my life.
For the past year or so, my husband has been really wanting an indoor herb garden. We love to cook and there is nothing better than some fresh herbs to season your cooking.
So being slightly challenged with the lack of a green thumb, I’ve been scouring the internet for some ideas for great but easy ways to create and take care of an indoor herb garden at home.
Now before I go through some of the really cute ideas I found, just a few points on herbs if you’re thinking of growing some of those tasty herbs yourself:
- Most herbs need five hours of full midday sun in warm weather to produce the best flavour and growth. A sunny south-facing window is great for most indoor herbs.
- The best time to pick herbs is first thing in the morning, when they contain the most essential oils and are most fragrant and aromatic.
- Harvest herbs by cutting back a shoot to just above a leaf to encourage regrowth.
- Most herbs need to be kept damp but not wet; don’t over water. Wait until the soil is dry, down to a depth of a 1/2 inch or so, then water thoroughly until soil is moist.
- Not all herbs are created equal. If you’ve planted your herb garden in one large pot, group together herbs with similar growing requirements for more efficient plant care.
Easy and Great Herbs To Start With
Basil: Plant in full sun in moist well-drained soil.
Mint: Plant in full sun to partial shade in moist soil.
Oregano: Plant in full sun in rich fertile soil.
Parsley: Plant in full sun or partial shade in rich moist soil.
Sage: Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
Thyme: Plant in full sun in light well-drained soil.
Now, here are 10 great ideas for displaying your indoor herb garden!
1.The Windowsill Box
I love the way this windowsill box looks. It’s a very rustic and authentic feel, which looks great in any kitchen.
This box of herbs is so beautiful and then putting those gorgeous herbs on a plate of gorgeous food is just so appealing.
To find out how to create the box and get this awesome look, check out the tutorial here.
2. Tea Tins
I absolutely love the look of these tea tin herb containers. If you want to learn how to use tea tins for your herbs, check it out here.
3. Milk Cartons!
What a great idea for the little ones. We all have a couple of cartons kicking around the house at any given time. This is a great little container especially for the little ones.
4. Clothespin Planters
I love the way these look. I love DIY crafting projects, and I think this is one worth doing.
It’s seems relatively simple, and you don’t need that many things to get this look. If you like the rustic feel of these containers, check out this awesome tutorial here.
5. Upcycled Plastic Containers
What a great way to repurpose and bring new life to these empty lotion containers.
I just love the colors of these planters!
Such a simple idea to paint empty lotion bottles, but so lovely to look at. The colours of the containers just bring a smile to your face.
To get the full tutorial, visit the site.
6. Vintage Tea Cup Containers
I love anything vintage and using teacups is right up my alley.
I absolutely love the way they look and the ease of using teacups. All you need is a quick trip to the thrift store to find a few of these lovelies, some herbs, and some potting soil.
I found this idea when I came upon a site that used this idea as favors for a wedding. Check it out, what a great idea!
7. Utensil Caddy
I think this is a brilliant idea.
I am all about ease and I love that this is a simple utensil caddy repurposed as an herb garden container.
What I love about this is that it’s so easy to move your herbs in and outdoors for the sun.
8. Library Card Catalogue
I had to add this one.
I absolutely love old library card catalogues, but sadly I haven’t been able to find one. If you find one, promise you’ll let me know 😉
There is no associated tutorial with this beauty below BUT if you have a piece like this, be sure to line the drawers and use pots, inside the individual drawers as to not wreck the piece.
I was pretty shocked when I realized what these were – I love the look!
To find out how to use gutters for this awesome DIY indoor herb garden project, visit here for the full tutorial!
10. Mason Jars
I couldn’t round out this list of 10 DIY indoor herb garden ideas without adding one that involved mason jars!
I must have hundreds of mason jars around the house for canning purposes (and they act as our drinking glasses as well – the small ones are perfect for little hands), so here is one of the looks that I loved.
To find how this great indoor garden was done, get the tutorial here.
So those are the top 10 indoor herb gardens that I found that inspired me to bring in my own herby greenery into my kitchen. I hope you found one you like, and I will update shortly with what I ended up using in my own home!