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    Indoor Herb Garden

    So I've been wanting to make an herb garden in my kitchen for a while. I've been poking around Pinterest and there are some beautiful ways that people have made vertically hanging planters and I know someone who could help me build said planters. My problem is that due to lack of resources in the past, I've never really been interested in Herbalism but I have always known of its benefits to people.

    Could someone help me by either replying in a post or directing me to sites or books that would help me learn:

    -Best herbs to start with
    -If it's possible to have an herb garden year round
    -If it's a good idea to have one inside in the first place
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    Re: Indoor Herb Garden

    Green onions are super simple. If you buy a bunch of green onions and don't use the white part (bulb), they'll continue to grow in a glass of water if it gets sunlight. Just change the water often, or they'll get slimy.
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    Re: Indoor Herb Garden

    I grow lemon balm (that's a Google translation, so it may be wrong) in a clay pot on the windowsill. It's quite easy to handle, just water it a bit like twice a week, trim it if it's growing too big, and it will thrive. I used to have mint too, it's low maintenance as well, but it caught lice.
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    Re: Indoor Herb Garden

    These are my top herbs that grow best on windowsills in spring and summer and/or by a window during fall and winter.
    - Basil
    - Rosemary
    - Parsley
    - Lavender
    - Thyme
    - Mints

    Just make sure you give them enough fresh air and direct sunlight every once in a while. Most herbs will grow fine indoors, but can struggle sometimes in an indoor environment - especially with air conditioners and heaters. You will also want to look up which herbs like more sunlight than others, as this will give you a better idea of which window in your home to keep your herbs near.
    Also, when you’re growing herbs indoors, always make sure the water has enough space to drain at the bottom. For my experience, the kitchen is the best place to grow herbs. They feed off the carbons from cooking and tend to grow larger and faster.

    A good book to start off with is Growing & Using Herbs Successfully by Betty E. M. Jacobs.
    Also, this article may be useful too.

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    Re: Indoor Herb Garden

    Lavender? I love lavender, I tried having it indoors, but it's too fragrant to have in a small apartment.
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    Re: Indoor Herb Garden

    Quote Originally Posted by iris View Post
    Lavender? I love lavender, I tried having it indoors, but it's too fragrant to have in a small apartment.
    I suppose it depends on the type of lanvender you grow. Try English Lavender (not munstead) or graves lanvender. They are softly fragrant and will not become overwhelming in small spaces.

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    Re: Indoor Herb Garden

    Quote Originally Posted by OldMotherWestWind View Post
    I suppose it depends on the type of lanvender you grow. Try English Lavender (not munstead) or graves lanvender. They are softly fragrant and will not become overwhelming in small spaces.
    I'm content growing them on my balcony now but thanks I might go look for those
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    Re: Indoor Herb Garden

    After reading this thread, I totally want to try and have an indoor herb garden!
    Having my own mint plant would be especially cool since I love mint tea, and I like green onions a lot too, I'll have to give that a try as well!

    Very informative thread; just wanted to say thanks to everyone who shared information on it


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    Re: Indoor Herb Garden

    If you're uncomfortable with planting one yourself right away, some grocery and department stores sell pre-potted growing herbs like mint and rosemary.
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    Re: Indoor Herb Garden

    Yes, I'm reviving a dormant thread, but I was recently directed to this website: Indoor Vegetable Gardening: 37 Edibles You Can Grow Indoors In The Winter by http://www.loyalgardener.com/

    It's got some pretty neat ideas I'm considering trying.
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