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Indoor Herbs Add Freshness, Aroma, and Decoration

Henry Smith has a small herb garden, and it is a great way to have fresh herbs available.

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Indoor Herb Gardens and Décor

Grow your own herbs, indoors.

Herbs can add to your kitchen in several ways.

Herbs can be grown indoors, which allows you to use fresh herbs in recipes, a great improvement over bottled herbs in flavor and more. Chopping fresh herbs can also add an appetizing aroma that beckons your family or guests to the table. Fresh is by far the best.

Herbs can also, if potted tastefully, add to your kitchen decor.

Consider an indoor herb garden as a gift for the cook. Freshness of an herb picked in the kitchen cannot be beat.

Photo: Photo was taken by me, so Black Spaniel Gallery has full rights to use it.

Indoor Herb Kits

The most convenient way of starting an indoor herb garden is with a kit. These include those herbs that can be easily grown in containers. They also have directions, such as where to place your herbs so they will thrive.

Not everyone uses the same herbs, so check which kit serves your needs best.

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Always Follow Directions

When growing herbs indoors, follow the directions. If light is needed, place near a window. Water with the proper amount, of water at the proper frequency, and use the proper size container filled with soil appropriate for indoor growing. Remember, plants take a certain amount of care, and herbs are not exceptions.

Growing Herbs Indoors

Perhaps you prefer a video. This will help you.

Growing Herbs : How to Grow an Herb Garden Indoors - eHow

More than a Decoration

Herbs are plants, and plants remove carbon dioxide from the air, then expel oxygen. Having indoor plants can improve the quality of the air in your home. Also, removing carbon dioxide helps with global warming.

How to Grow an Herb Garden Indoors - Howcast

The Advantages of an Indoor Herb Garden

FRESHNESS:

What could be fresher than herbs picked in your kitchen and added to a meal? No food store can compare with this, unless you buy herbs growing in pots.

SUPPLY:

So you snip a few leaves. New ones grow to replace them. You no longer will have to check what is in your herb supply beffore starting a meal. Just grab a pair of scissors and harvest what you need.

SAFETY:

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What chemicals were used to grow the herbs you buy at the store? Were they treated to resist pests? Were they fertilized? And with what? Indoor herbs do not really need pest control, and you can decide what you will add to fertilize, if anything. This is especially necessary if you are going organic. And, you become a responsible person saving the planet. Your herbs are not causing runoff to pollute the rivers and streams.

Herb Art

Even if you have no green thumb, using herbs as art on prints or trivets can add a beauty to your kitchen area. In fact, you can even find herbs on curtains and table cloths. Add herb inspired placemats for a nice touch at the serving table.

Satisfaction

Planting, cultivating, and harvesting your own herbs can be a rewarding endeavor. Indeed, soon you may have a new hobby. You will be buying books, checking soil, and looking for proper size pots. And, if done indoors, this can be a year long fun project.

Not Every Herb Can Be Grown Indoors

Some herbs are too large to grow indoors. They just cannot be grown in a container. If an herb will get too large for a container before being harvested, it simply cannot be grown indoors. Perhaps it can still be grown near the kitchen window or door, but not potted.

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suepogson on January 04, 2013:

Fresh herbs rock!

MiaMusement on December 23, 2012:

Fresh herbs make SUCH a big difference. I've considered one of those Aero Gardens, but I don't really have a good place for it.

JoshK47 on October 22, 2012:

Cool info!

KandDMarketing on July 31, 2012:

Herbs in the house always reminds me of my Grandmother's kitchen! Thank you.

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on July 16, 2012:

Thanks for all the great ideas. i can smell the aromas all ready just thinking about it.

Echo Phoenix on July 13, 2012:

nothing like fresh herbs, thanks!

stylishimo1 on July 11, 2012:

Some of those posters look good enough to eat! I grow herbs in my kitchen, they are doing really well this year :)

norma-holt on July 07, 2012:

Herbs are great and their perfume is one of those great natural pleasures. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on July 07, 2012:

Hi I love growing my own herbs, I grow them indoor as well outdoor. Fresh herb make your food so yummy.

mumsgather on June 22, 2012:

The indoor herb kits you featured look great. I would love some for my kitchen.

julieannbrady on June 13, 2012:

What a swell idea to grow herbs indoors! Love it.

soaringsis on May 23, 2012:

Now you really hit a nerve. I love to use herbs as much as possible. Great lens,

Thanks for sharing.

Sara Krentz from USA on May 20, 2012:

Great lens. I love growing herbs in the kitchen!

ismeedee on May 16, 2012:

Fantastic lens! This is so for me- I am going to plant some herbs this weekend!!!

MaartjeJepsen on May 14, 2012:

Growing your own hers is so easy if you know what you are doing.

Camden1 on May 12, 2012:

I've just starting buying some fresh herbs lately - and the high cost makes me think I should try growing my own. Thanks for the hints!

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on May 11, 2012:

I mostly grow mine outside but do bring in a few over the winter. Great article! :)

KateHonebrink on May 09, 2012:

Just grew my first herbs on my Florida lanai - now that I've experienced using fresh herbs, I don't want to ever go back to using dried herbs! Thanks for all the wonderful herb tips!

ria on May 09, 2012:

i always grow herbs in the summer and finally grew some indoors this year. very nice lens, thank you for sharing.

anonymous on May 05, 2012:

Congratulations on being among the Best of Squidoo Mother's Day Gifts!

RinchenChodron on May 04, 2012:

My cooking has improved soooo much by using fresh herbs - one that I really like is dill.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on May 02, 2012:

I've had difficulty growing herbs indoors, and I'm hoping that what I learned in some of these videos will help me finally grow some successfully this spring and summer! :)

anonymous on May 02, 2012:

I keep meaning to start some indoor herbs, they are just such pleasant little plants to have around and release such a nice fragrance at the touch. I love a tomato compote with tomato, sweet onion and fresh basil with rice vinegar and I just love potatoes fried with a sprig of rosemary.

anonymous on May 01, 2012:

great lens thanx

BestRatedStuff on April 30, 2012:

Excellent tips! Thanks for sharing. Been thinking of starting one, these tips are so useful.

Lucky621 LM on April 29, 2012:

Great stuff! I have been thinking about starting an indoor herb garden - you have provided lots of fantastic tips!

MelonyVaughan on April 29, 2012:

Excellent tips! Thanks for sharing.

Fcuk Hub on April 28, 2012:

This lens smells nice :)

Fcuk Hub on April 28, 2012:

This lens smells nice :)

Auntie-M LM on April 25, 2012:

Nice choices.

rravi123 on April 24, 2012:

good lens

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 24, 2012:

I grow herbs in my kitchen and my basil and mint I often use.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 24, 2012:

I grow herbs in my kitchen and my basil and mint I often use.

Yvonne L B from Covington, LA on April 24, 2012:

I grow many herbs outside, mostly in pots or in my greenhouse.

anonymous on April 23, 2012:

Sounds like a great idea to have an indoor herb garden!

jolou on April 23, 2012:

I love herbs, they add such delicious flavor to food.

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