our secrets for an amazing indoor garden

Want to grow your own veggies in the splendor of the great indoors? Don’t settle for the garden variety. Creating an indoor garden is not only a delicious way to have fresh herbs at your fingertips, it’s a fun project for the family.

So give yourself a green thumbs-up with these essential indoor gardening tips:

An indoor garden with chives, cilantro, basil and mint in pots next to a window
An indoor garden with chives, cilantro, basil and mint in pots next to a window

01 Location, location, location

Herbs crave lots of light and need at least four hours of nourishing sunshine every day. Natural light is your best bet, so you’ll want to choose a sunny spot near a window that preferably faces south.

After doing some domestic location scouting, you may find that your best growing spots are actually facing different directions. Don’t worry, nature always finds her way.

If you’re feeling a little ambitious, you can supplement your sunshine with a compact grow light setup, depending on how many pots you have. The key is to find the space that gets the most light and then plan your plants accordingly!

02Choosing the right herbs

You’ll probably want to grow the go-to herbs that typically are featured in recipes – we’re thinking flavor favorites like oregano, rosemary, and basil. If you have lots of light, you have lots of options.

Short on sunlight? These shade-tolerant herbs are ready to do more with less:

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fresh herbs like dill mint and thyme in a muffin tray
Different herbs in cupcake pan up close

Pro tip: Most types of oregano require lots of sun, but golden oregano actually does better with a little bit of shade.

03Setting the right temperature

Most herbs thrive between 65 to 70 degrees, which is roughly the temperature you already keep in your home. (In other words: You’re a natural!)

a red pot with a thyme plant in it next to a window
a red pot with a thyme plant in it next to a window

Some herbs are extra generous under those conditions. When mint, basil, and other plants get a little too tall for your mini farm, dial down the heat to somewhere between 60 and 65 degrees.

04Don’t waste water

It’s important to water your plants and equally important not to overwater your plants. Check your herbal hydration by touching the soil with your finger. If the soil is dry about two inches below the top, then it’s time to water. If the soil is saturated, it’s time to give it a rest.

05Gotta keep ‘em separated

For an outdoor garden, it’s okay to mix and match your herbs and grow them in the same container. Inside, it’s another story – different herbs call for different conditions, so you’ll want to keep it simple by growing them in separate planters.

An indoor garden on a window sill
An indoor garden on a window sill

06Label your herbs

Labeling your herbs isn’t just a smart way to keep track of your ever-growing garden – it’s fun, too! With some popsicle sticks, paper, and crayons, the little ones can get in touch with their inner artist and farmer all at once!

Just be sure to supervise and don’t let them catch you Googling when they ask you how to spell marjoram.

07Make it last

Good news: these freshly-grown herbs can stay fresh in the freezer!

Garden fresh herbs frozen in ice cube trays with water to preserve them to be used later.
Herbs in an ice tray

Freeze hardy herbs like dill, thyme, and sage on a plate, then move them to an airtight container once they’re frozen. For cilantro, mint, and parsley, simply pack them into an ice cube tray, cover with water, and voila! Your essential herbs will enjoy Shakira status – ready whenever, wherever.

08Keep it growing

These basic tips should get you started. Once you’re able to add your own homegrown fresh basil to a caprese salad, we have a feeling you’ll want to keep going and growing!


  1. Jan schmidt says:

    I’m going to try this. I’m forever borrowing herbs from my neighbor that has a wonderful outdoor garden

    1. Bristol Farms says:

      That’s great, Jan. Check back in with us and let us know how they do!

  2. Myrin Jayme says:

    wow!! appreciate all the information. I have been dying to grow my own herbs inside my condos. I love all greens and smells of fresh and lush greens!

    Thank you this is very helpful.

    1. Bristol Farms says:

      Fresh herbs make us happy too! We’re glad you found this post helpful.

  3. Vicki says:

    Thank you for the tips. I so miss visiting your store…especially the meat and fish counters. And the cheese section…and the baked goods. Big sigh. I don’t live nearby and am in the age category with underlying health concerns that keep me at home. Period. Well, I’m certainly looking forward to visiting you After…

    1. Bristol Farms says:

      Thanks, Vicki. Check out our home delivery option to see if we deliver to your area. We look forward to serving you soon!

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