If you’re a passionate cook and you lead a healthy lifestyle, you know how important it is to have fresh herbs at hand. Well, the good thing is, you can grow your own herbs right at home! You won’t have to go anywhere and buy them; you’ll just need to make a few steps towards your personal indoor herb garden and pick some. And another big plus is they’ll bring the fresh green look into your home and fill the space with a beautiful, natural scent.
Growing your own herbs and plants can also save you some money and turn out to be very eco-friendly. You can set up your garden using recycled materials, vintage tea cups, plastic bottles, or old tin cans. Another attractive solution’s going for glass jars. Depending on the amount of space you have available, the sunlight exposure, the materials you have at hand, and the herbs you want to grow, there are many great solutions to enrich your home with the fresh green look and the smell of some home-grown herbs.
Before we present the ideas, there’s one more thing you should know. Not all plants can be grown indoors, but there are some herbs that can do magnificently well. The herbs that are great to grow indoors are basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, dill, marjoram, chives, bay, tarragon, and chervil.
And now, here’s the list of 15 inspiring ideas for your personal indoor herb garden.
Self-watering Bottle Gardens
This setup requires some effort, in the beginning, but it’ll pay off big-time. You’ll end up having a beautiful window display and you won’t have to worry about watering your plants every day. You‘ll need to recycle some bottles, though. Use the bottle halves and put the top half into the bottom half upside down. You can have some fun with this if you’ve colored bottle halves. Make sure the neck piece is shorter so it doesn’t touch the bottom, and that the edges are smooth so you don’t cut yourself. The bottom piece will serve as a water reservoir while the top piece is where you’ll plant your herbs. Take a square of a screen, and cut a small hole in the center to pass a thick string through. Install the string to serve as a wick for the water and keep the soil wet. This way you won’t have to worry about not watering the plants enough or watering them too much.
This is an especially good solution if you live in an apartment. Get your own piece of nature to make the city life fell more natural. The materials required are plants, pots, hooks, and a tension rod. You can use some paint to make all the elements the same color. Wait until the paint dries, fix the pots to the hooks and install the perch on the window sill. It’s as simple as that and it provides you fresh herbs and some instant elegance. The next time you need to spice up your dish, simply go to your mini home garden and get some. It just feels so good, doesn’t it?
Another great solution for an indoor garden when you’re short on space is to hang your plants upside down. By doing this, you’ll keep everything at hand but out of the way, and it’ll look very cool. You can produce your own spices and this solution won’t take any floor space, it’s very child-proof, and kind of quirky and modern. What you need to get started are hanging containers, potting soil, and herbs. Of course, with any type of gardening, it doesn’t hurt to know what you want to plant, how much you need to plant, and where you’ll to hang it. This is definitely a conversation starter next time your friends come to visit. You might even inspire them to do the same. We can’t think of a more practical solution!
Hanging Mason Jars
Besides the modern glass jars, for this installation, you’ll also need some pipe clamps and an old wooden board. For the hanging job, you’ll need triangle ring hangers, stainless hanging wire, and picture hanger. A brush and a chalk may come in handy, too. The first step is placing jars on the board and marking where you’ll place each of them. You can leave some space to label your herbs. Use a hammer and nails to secure your pipe clamps to the wooden board. In the backside of the board, nail in ring hangers and tie on hanging wire. Now you can plant your herbs into the jars, plant the jars into the pipe clamps, and tighten them with a screwdriver. Hang your indoor garden on the picture hanger. And voila, you’re done!
Ikea Vurm Hack.
This is another rather simple and efficient hack for setting up an indoor herb garden. What you need for this setup is an Ikea wine holder (Vurm). Simply mount the holder on the wall horizontally and plant the herbs you want to grow into pint glasses. Add some rocks at the bottom of the glasses to drain excess water from the soil. Just make sure the glasses are firmly set in place. If you have a naughty dog who likes to chew on everything, this is a great way to keep your herbs out of his reach. Plant a few of your favorite herbs and use a chalk to label them. It’ll look very classy.
Tiers of Herbs
If you’re looking for classic and natural presentation, besides the obvious benefits of growing your own herbs, you can go for some tiered stands with terra cotta pots. These look so down to earth and are very useful. Presentation level: expert. You can put the stand with pots anywhere, but if you have little children, you might want to keep it out of their way. As pretty as they are, these pots are very easy to break if knocked down by a baseball or something.
Potted and Carted
Unpredictable and unexpected combinations often turn out to be a real hit. This rings very true with this industrial bar cart with rustic pots on top. Instead of showing off a collection of drinks, you can use the cart to display your beautiful collection of herbs. Put as many pots as you’d like on the cart and make sure you set them up close to a window. You can also use the bottom shelf to store the watering cans so you remember to nurture your spices properly. We guarantee this easy solution will pay off when you add some fresh grown parsley to your soup.
Another eco-friendly way to start your own herb garden in your home is to make use of old aluminum kitchen canisters. Plant your favorite spices and don’t ever worry about running to the store to complete your dish. What you need to do is make small holes in the bottom of the canisters to enable water drainage. Then plant the herbs and make sure you put the canisters in a sunny spot to make your home production flourish. Some essential herbs you should plant include rosemary, parsley, oregano, sage, basil, and dill. With these, you’ll be ready to prepare perfect pork, chicken, potatoes, pasta, soups, fish, salad, and sauces.
Strawberry Jar Lamp
This is a very hip idea. Take an empty strawberry jar and transform it into an indoor herb garden as well as an accent lamp. To achieve this, first paint the terra cotta pot with primer and flat with latex paint. Make a wooden disk that fits the top of the pot and screw in a wired lamp socket. Use a grow light bulb for maximum efficiency. Keep the jar in a sunny spot and turn it regularly. This can work exceptionally well for sage, oregano, and other small plants. Caution: Make sure you lift the lid when watering!
Catnip Cat Dish
We’ve already discussed solutions for protecting your indoor garden from your nosy dog, but with cats, it gets a little trickier. If you have a cat that likes to sniff around and explore everything, maybe the best solution’s to set up a small garden with catnip and lemongrass for your furry friend. You can use pet bowls made of aluminum or stainless steel to plant the herbs into them, and make sure you secure the bottom to prevent slippage. Otherwise, this kitty herb garden can end up all over the place. Also, make some holes in the bottom of the bowl for drainage.
Rattan Wrapped Vases
To bring an exquisite smell to your home, plant scented herbs in taller containers, take tall glass vases for example. Treat your nose with some delight, too. The herbs with scents you won’t be able to resist are lavender and scented geraniums (chocolate, peppermint, and lemon). To make the herbs release the aromas, simply rub them with your fingers. To make your indoor garden fancy and practical, and to disguise the dirt stretch on your glass vases, attach some rattan to their surfaces. You can do this with some hot glue. Make sure to put in some drainage pebbles and water carefully.
We bet you would’ve never thought of planting herbs into your old toaster if we didn’t tell you! You need to be really passionate about cooking and DIY to come up with an unusual idea like this. But you know what? If you just try it, it’ll look really cute! Take an old, broken toaster, remove the electrics, and leave the bottom open. Get a brick to set the right height for your herbs to grow out of the toaster slots. What an inspiring idea for a herb garden holder!
Get some ceramic teacups and use a jewels drill to make holes in them. The teacups will become your planters and the saucers can work for collecting excess water from the soil. If you really want to make your own indoor herb garden, you can come up with an idea to use almost anything you already have in your household to serve as pots, containers, and holders. The hard part’s finding inspiration. Get informed which herbs need more watering and sunlight. In general, these shallow containers can be great for thyme and herbs that prefer dry soil.
Even if you have a tiny kitchen, you can get your indoor herb garden. In this case, you can use one large pot and plant many different herbs in it. Make some holes in the bottom for drainage, put this in a sunny spot and reap the benefits. To prevent your floor from getting wet put a large tray under the pot. They can easily co-exist and this setup has many upsides. You’ll have fresh herbs at all times, your kitchen will always smell great, and this tiny garden won’t take up much room. Try growing, at least, basil, thyme, and sage yourself.
If you don’t want an entire herb garden but do want to add a little flavor, life, and color to your kitchen, you can simply pick one herb to plant. Putting your favorite herb on a shelf in the kitchen’s an awesome solution that doesn’t require a lot of work. However, what you get from this can bring you great satisfaction. You’ll always have your favorite spice at hand; your kitchen will look refreshed and authentic, and smell great.
These were our suggestions for some DIY indoor herb gardens, and we hope you’re now inspired enough to try some of these ideas out, or to come up with your own solutions.
To sum it all up, the benefits you’ll reap from your personal indoor herb garden are:
- satisfaction of making something yourself
- it’s a healthy, low-cost solution
- you always have your favorite herbs at hand
- it adds style and authenticity to your home
- your home will look refreshed and smell great
- you’ll have something to brag about to your friends
To set up the garden, you need to follow some steps:
- determine how much space you have
- determine what herbs you want to plant and how much of it
- consider the factors like lively children and naughty pets
- determine your budget and materials you want to use
- set up your garden according to your plant’s needs
- make sure the plants have enough sunlight and just the right amount of water
- enable drainage by drilling holes and by putting in some pebbles at the bottom of your planters
- enjoy the looks, the smells, and the aromas that now enrich your home