If you want to grow herbs & lettuce then the units shown below will be ideal.
Follow the links for more details, or read below to find out why we recommend these and what to grow.
Indoor herb garden ideas – 3 key elements
Element 1 – use an hydroponic or aquaponic system
Herbs & Salad are easy to grow indoors, but you will get the best results if you use a growing system focussing on 3 items:
- The right type & amount of nutrients (including water),
- The right amount of light for your herb type
- The best temperature.
Yes, growing herbs in little pots of soil will work. However the downside is that this depends on lots of sunshine, as well as making sure you provide exactly the right amount of water. (not to much or to little).
The reason we recommend the hydroponic units above is because they are completely automated – to help you get very fast & easy results.
In addition a very major advantage is that they incorporate the right type of lights to help your plants grow, so you will great results every day of the year.
Element 2 – select the right type of herbs
Most of the available units usually contain packets of seeds, to help you get started.
But the best indoor herb garden ideas are to
- Select seeds that contain the type of herbs used by the top chefs (which are often not the herbs sold in shops)
- In addition try to make sure that you grow herbs that have a similar height & growing cycle (so you can plant them together).
In the ‘core’ herb garden we tend to recommend key herbs that taste great and also have a similar height and growing cycle:
- Sweet or Genovese Basil
- Average Height when grown 60 to 75 cm
- Time from seed to harvest – 50 to 75 days
- Leaf Coriander
- Average height when grown 45 to 60 cm
- Time from seed to harvest – 60 to 75 days
- Average height when grown 30 to 45 cm
- Time from seed to harvest – 90 days
- French Thyme
- Average height when grown 15 to 40 cm
- Time from seed to harvest – 85 days
- Plain Chives
- Average height when grown 30 cm
- Time from seed to harvest – 60 days
- French Parsley
- Average height when grown 45 cm
- Time from seed to harvest – 70 to 90 days
Element 3 – Add specialised herbs if required
If you have a look at our fresh ingredient growing plans you will see we recommend different types of herbs based on the type of cuisine & recipes you most often prepare.
- For Italian recipes – try italian parsley
- Thai recipes – tulasi or holy basil
The key is to add the right type of herbs for your own personal circumstances.
How to start your indoor herb garden ideas
Easiest option is to have a look at the popular growing systems and have fun starting to grow your own and experimenting with indoor herb garden ideas