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While there are many hardy herbs that can withstand the cold, there are a few essential herbs that will not so it is helpful to also have an indoor herb garden to get you through the colder months. It’s also extremely handy to have them within reach while you cook and it makes your kitchen smell amazing!

Today I’m going to share a few tips on how to start a small herb garden right in your kitchen.

I started with gathering the herbs I use daily or that I knew couldn’t survive outdoors over the winter like basil and stevia. I brought in mint, oregano and lavender as well. The lavender isn’t for the kitchen garden but will be fabulous in our bathroom.

The Sustainable Seed company makes a great seed set that may interest you if your looking for a good culinary mix of herbs.

If the goal for your indoor garden is to strictly keep your herbs from dying over the winter, it’s important to know what will and what will not survive.

  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Lavender
  • Fennel
  • Cilantro

These are just a few hardy herbs, some of which act as perennials and go dormant during the winter months, while others will continue to grow and sprout through snow.


I gathered five planters because it’s important that you do not put more than one type of plant in each container. If you use a container that doesn’t have holes to drain the water, be sure not to overwater them. Putting a handful of gravel in the bottom of each container you use will help keep the roots out of the water, but will hold water and create humidity. There are many different opinions to create drainage besides putting gravel at the bottom of the planters, but I have always found it to be helpful.


While I suggest you visit your local garden center for potting soil better suited for indoor use, if you plan on using soil from your yard, mixing coffee grounds can work as a mulching agent. It’s also a great way to recycle your used grounds.  I keep an old coffee can on my kitchen counter and deposit my grounds in it each morning. Used coffee grounds retain the nitrogen needed to grow many plants and vegetables. If you have rich compost out in your garden, you can use that as well.

indoor herb garden

Because of its acidic nature, coffee grounds should only be used on certain plants. I also use them in my compost as they help to attract earthworms. In this instance I suggest using them in moderation to help give your backyard soil a bit of pep.

While you’re at the garden center picking up potting soil,be sure to pick up your seeds or seedlings if you do not already have plants started at home to pull from.

Here are a few great starter kits if you want to start your plants from seeds. This Seed Starter kit from Window Garden comes with three greenhouse trays that fit right in your windowsill too.

Jilly also makes a great little windowsill starter kit for up to 12 plants.


indoor herb garden

When picking the best spot to house your herb garden, look for a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun daily.


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