32 Ways to Create the Best Indoor Herb Garden
Nothing completes a dish you’ve made with love than fresh herbs and spices to finish off your culinary masterpiece. Of course you can buy what you need, dried and jarred, at almost any store, but wouldn’t it be nice to have some of your favorites year-round? Fresh?
Now you can! The following ideas should spark your inner chef to making tasty, and freshly seasoned meals at any time of the year, especially if you are looking for a little taste of summer during the colder months! Not to mention the ambiance it lends to your indoor spaces.
Table of Contents
- Self Watering Herb Gardens
- Window Gardens
- Revive the Shelf
- Keeping it Vertical
- Endless Flavor: Grow Garlic Indoors!
- Put That Empty Windowsill to Good Use
- Caddy Up and Create a Transportable Garden
- Get Another Handle on Recyclable Favorites
- Chalk it Up to a Great Idea
- The Power of Light
- Stackable Solutions
- Clothespin-able Planters?
- Let Your Rainy Days Just Drip Away…
- Within Reach
- It’s All in the Details
- Hang it Take Two: Add Lighting
- Hanging Around Takes Tres
- Modern Edges
- This One Takes the Cut
- Bring it on Back… WAY Back
- Harvestable Indoor Garden Solutions
- New Twist on an Old Favorite
- Re-clutter Your Gutter
- Window Space: Put it to Use
- Pots Galore!
- Aluminum Genius
- Simple Love, Simple Label
- Care For a Spot of Tea?
- Shelving Update
- Make Space!
- The Indoor Herbage How To: Read This
For simple, year-round culinary flavor additions, consider planting your own herb garden. This self-watering design allows you peace of mind and the ability to walk away from your garden without worry of it wilting or going dry. Of course, you will need to [periodically care for and water, this makes things much easier.
If you have a sunny window, you may want to consider taking advantage of the power of the sun and place a few pots with various herbs and flowers to brighten your space. Growing kits are perfect solutions for helping bring these spaces to life as they often have everything you need to get up and going.
All you need is an hour and about $20 to make this super cute wooden shelf planter. Supplies include some cut pieces of pine (a lumberyard will cut your wood for free if you bring measurements), paint, nails, wood glue, small clay pots, and a bit of rope to create this adorable hanging planter for indoor garden freshness!
Who doesn’t LOVE garlic?! This is a staple in my household and I hate when I buy a whole bulb and can’t use it all right away, or end up not having any at all. Never go without using this great indoor bulb growing technique. And perhaps, you can also put it to good use throughout the house with a variety of other plants!
What exactly IS the use of a windowsill anyway? I’m assuming it’s purely aesthetic, (go with me here) and it’s otherwise wasted space -and so therefor you MUST spruce it up even more. A series of small, colorful pots, decent light, and a selection of your favorite herbs and plants is exactly what it is crying out for.
Words do not describe this simple, genius utensil caddy hack, but I’m going to try anyway. Born of a totally unplanned find, the mother of this idea walked into a store to purchase plants and walked out with a total reinvention of her original idea after spotting a cute, galvanized utensil caddy. Follow her simple steps to create your own portable indoor herb extravaganza!
Seriously, what can’t you make from an old pallet and mason jars? This dainty little table top planter fits as many, or as few, mason jars (or any other type of container) as you want for your garden favorites. Paint to match your style, screw on a couple drawer handles, and you have the cutest planter whatever side of the Mississippi you live on.
Whoever invented chalkboard paint deserves a medal. I mean seriously, you can now paint on almost ANY surface and make it your own artistic creation. And that’s why this simple indoor garden hack using clay pots is pure crafting ingenuity. Tie on a little raffia and you have a cute, country planter.
Grow lights are an excellent way to provide everything your indoor plants need to thrive even in the darker winter months. Grow kits that include everything you need for the health of your plants are excellent options for beginners and take the stress out of choosing what is best.
If you are hard pressed for space, but still want to attempt some indoor gardening, take advantage of tiered planters that allow you to grow your herbs vertically, and thus take up less space. Many herbs require very little space as long as they are well watered and occasionally fertilized, and can thrive in small planting conditions, making this an excellent option.
Yet another DIY favorite, the clothespin has been used for ornaments, puzzles, picture holders… but what about a plant pot? It’s rather quite simple and I can’t figure why I didn’t think of this. Using a simple tuna can (or small cat/dog food can) and some clothespins you can make a unique little planter that looks like it took hours (but only takes minutes) to make!
Once you see these planters you can’t unsee them ever again. For the life of me I am unable to figure out what’s NOT to love about these delightful rainy cloud planters. Totally eclectic and fun for any age, hang these on your walls for the perfect miniature herb garden in no time! To find where to purchase, click here.
Don’t let winter blues get you down! Using some supplies you probably have already lying around the house, along with some plastic lidded coffee cans (or tea and hot chocolate), you can create your own hanging herb paradise to last you through the coldest months. These are great if you are short of space and want something unique and personalized to fit your decor.
Fairy gardens are all the rage as an added addition to your garden beds, but why not bring them indoors and bring an eclectic pop of interest to your decor? Find a cute base or two, pick out your favorite herbs, and bring your garden to life with a few cute necessities for a happy fairy household.
In order to complete this project to par, you’ll need to cut glass bottles either with a cutter, or one of the many techniques available (hint: just search online). But once you have those two halves, you have a simple, self-watering, hands free design for plants on your indoor surfaces. Use in windowsills (see #4), countertops, table tops – or even add into cute table top planter (see #6).
One way or another, Mason jars have a habit of popping up over and over again whenever a project idea list is in the works. And it doesn’t take much to see why. Mason jars are versatile and fun – often lending a quirky touch to any decor. This original jar set-up takes a new twist when you create your own table top garden.
Buy a short piece of new gutter and end caps, or recycle what you have, but either way you will have a singularly unique planter when you re-clutter this gutter with your herb garden. Mount it on rustic barnwood, paint a pattern on it, or take advantage of some chalkboard paint to get the look you want and need.
This uncomplicated idea is a no brainer. Find one big pot you can’t live without, put it near a patio window or other area that receives either good direct, or indirect light, and plant your herbs in all together. With enough depth for roots and good drainage (use a good 3 inch depth of pea gravel to keep water from pooling in large pots), perennial herbs can easily grow amongst one another without choking each other out. Plus your use of them will easily keep them under control.
Time to gather up all those dollar store planter finds, stashed away shed pots, and yard sale steals – and assemble into an eclectic collection of pots and herbs (maybe throw in a flowering plant or two) as an indoor garden. If you have an open table space that gets good lighting (consistent indirect lighting is fine), you too can create a garden table indoors!
Don’t crush those soda cans until you have as many as you need to create this inventive way to show off your indoor gardening skills. Spray paint, chalkboard stickers, and a little twine or ribbon finishes these mini planters. To complete the look, consider painting over old 6-pack holders and just add in your new ‘pots’ as a crafty way to show off your favorite herbs.
Mismatched tea sets and old silver spoons make for a match made in heaven. Stack them, group them, set them on a tray- however you decide to display your “afternoon tea garden” is sure to be a favorite setting in your house. With a simple metal stamp set you can personalize your plantings even further.
Update an old shelving unit, or create your own, to bring to life a sunny wall with this unique dropped pot unit. The simple design can be actualized through your choice of wood stains and paints to provide a low-maintenance way to keep your fresh herbs and plants near at hand.
If you’ve found a favorite way to display your indoor herbs from the list above, you still need to make sure you can keep them alive. This isn’t a very hard task, but there are a few helpful tips to remember to keep your experience as maintenance free as possible, and to get the most out of your favorite flavors. This handy infographic not only give you some great advice, it also provides you with the best plants to grow indoors, and their optimal harvesting time!
Let’s Get Started!
How much fun were those choices!? I don’t know about you, but I’m unable to pick a favorite and can’t wait to try a few of them out with a mix of indoor plants and herbs.
Obviously there is no reason why you can’t keep fresh herbs indoors year round with the proper care.And as always, I’d love to hear which were your favorites, what additions you might have, and see your indoor herb garden results! Please share and tag your friends!