If you want to create a really good indoor garden, it’s important to know what herbs grow well together indoors. Not all herbs have the same requirements regarding temperature, humidity, and lighting – and this will pose a problem when you’re choosing what to plant. In today’s article, we’ll be taking a look at a few arrangements that work very well together.
Some of the most popular herbs added to food are rosemary, oregano, and thyme. Expectedly, these can all be planted together and kept in the same container. It’s best to start them from cuttings, but growing them from seed isn’t difficult either.
Some of the most popular herbs you can grow indoors are basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme, which are all easy herbs to grow indoors.
Basil is possibly the most common herb used in cooking, and one of the most common ingredients in general (barring salt and pepper). It’s also insanely easy to grow, while it’s also a fast grower, ensuring that you’re never out of it. You can easily pick the leaves right before you add them to your cooking.
Just like most perennial herbs, basil should be grown in a warm environment with plenty of lighting. The most important thing about it is to remember that it isn’t a plant that you can use for a long time – with time, the stems will start to harden – which is a sign that you should get rid of the plant and buy another. It can continue to grow, but it won’t be of any use to your cooking.
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Another favorite herb, especially if you’re making pizza or Mexican food, is oregano. Essentially having the same requirements as basil, it’s best to dry out your oregano leaves before adding them to your food. It’d be even better to mulch them into shreds.
A must-have for soups, parsley is usually picked whole – not just the leaves are used. Just like basil and oregano, it needs plenty of light to grow.
This dry plant is a favorite in Italian cuisine. Rosemary does very well in hot climates, so you can leave it at the window if you live in a climate like that. It’s best to pick a few bits, no longer than a few inches, and drop them into whatever it is you’re making whole. It will release its characteristic scent after being cooked at a high temperature.
Very similar to rosemary, thyme thrives in warm temperatures and doesn’t need much water.
This Mediterranean herb is not that common of an addition to food, with only a few meals using it. However, because of its beautiful scent and its oil’s natural properties – it’s a great addition to any home.
How To Grow Herbs Together
To grow them together, they’re going to need plenty of light. The aforementioned plants come from warm climates and they need at least six hours of light a day. You can achieve this by placing them near a south-facing window, but since you’re gardening indoors, you might be restricted by the construction of your home.
If that’s the case, investing in LED growing lights is the best way to go about it. Depending on the strength of the lights, they could provide the equivalent of six sunlight hours in a matter of eight to ten hours, while weaker lights need to be on for more than that.
When you’re planting them, you should choose a container that can easily drain. The soil should be easily drained too because most of these herbs aren’t naturally used to moist soil – they lose water quickly in their natural environments. This is also important when you’re watering – don’t keep the soil moist, let it dry out completely before you water it again.
An important thing to remember is that you can’t grow mint in the same container as these plants. When you’re planting them, make sure that each herb has plenty of space before you add the next one – they shouldn’t get in each other’s way. The difference between mint and these herbs is that mint is invasive, almost like a weed, and it will spread quickly – causing a spacing problem with the other herbs.
Even though these herbs are mostly dry, they do need some humidity. What’s great is that you don’t have to provide it artificially, as they’ll create “their own” atmospheric humidity and keep it regulated.
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How do you group indoor plants together?
It's best to group Mediterranean plants together, as they're not only some of the most common spices, but they also have the same requirements. Make sure not to overcrowd the container, and make sure that the container is well-draining, because most of these herbs like to get a little dry.
How many plants can I put in one pot?
That depends on the size of the pot and the size of the plant. Firstly - basil will need to be replanted at least once a month, so it'd be best to keep it in a separate pot. The rest of the herbs can grow in the same pot, but they shouldn't get in each other's way.
How do I combine potted herbs?
The only herb that you should be on the lookout for is mint. Mint, despite its usefulness (especially with cocktails) is invasive when growing and it will take over the space of other herbs. Most herbs mentioned, like rosemary, thyme and oregano, can grow very well together!
You can grow plenty of herbs together, most notably: rosemary, oregano, basil, and thyme. Even though it must be pointed out that basil needs to be replanted every now and then. Make sure to buy a container large enough – the container should have good drainage. Most herbs like to be a little dried out before you water them again.
They also like plenty of sunlight – so you’ll either need to keep them next to your window or buy growing lights that can support your plants’ growth.