If you have thought about making that herb garden a reality, know that the endeavor isn’t much work, and you can have a beautiful garden that produces just-picked herbs just steps away. All you need is a windowsill, a bright window and a few helpful tips and you will have your fresh ingredients right where you need them.
Many suggest to plant only your favorite herbs, perhaps limiting yourself to up to five, so you will have a vested interest in keeping them well-cared for. Among the most popular are oregano, rosemary, basil, chives, cilantro and parsley). Groupings
Depending on the size of your containers or planters, it’s a good idea to group together plants that need the same amount of water and fertilizer. Put draught-resistant Mediterranean plants (such as oregano, rosemary, thyme and marjoram) together in one container and herbs that need more of each (like parsley, basil, cilantro, chervil) in another.
Any style of container will do, just make sure there is proper drainage (such as holes in the bottom). Fill the containers with a shallow layer of rocks for drainage, followed by the soil. Use waterproof saucers like plastic or clay (such as terra cotta) with a thin layer of rocks to catch excess drainage. Soil Matters
Choose a good quality, high-draining type of soil.
If you’re starting with seeds use a seed-starting mix or a potting soil, or a 50:50 mix of the two. Avoid using garden soil, which can contain diseases.
A sunny, South-facing window will do for most herbs. Most need at least five to six hours of sunlight daily. If you don’t have a window, fluorescent lights can be used to supplement natural lighting.
Water your herb plants sparingly, as most do not like to sit in wet soil. If the soil feels dry an inch or two below the surface, it’s time to water. Otherwise, let them be. Always try to water until the excess water starts to drain out the bottom of the container.