Growing your own indoor herb garden is both a rewarding and money-saving homemaking skill to have. With an herb garden, you can easily add fresh thyme to hamburger gravy or top potato soup with fresh chives.
The taste of homegrown herbs is incomparable to the ones in the grocery store. Each herb has an enhanced flavor which means more nutrients in every bite! In this blog post, I’m sharing 10 herbs every kitchen should have, let’s dive in!
When I first started our kitchen herb garden, I wanted to focus on herbs we use frequently. For us, it’s oregano, lavender, and peppermint. I love adding oregano to chicken dishes, lavender to scent DIY items, and peppermint every morning with a little cucumber.
Start by growing three herbs that you use at least once a week. This could be thyme, chives, or even cilantro. I think a lot of people get overwhelmed when starting their herb journey because they don’t know how to use them. By starting a kitchen herb garden you’ll have a way to add flavor to your dishes and save money by growing your own.
Top Herb Garden Plants
- Best for Beginners: Thyme
- Best for Italian Food Lovers: Basil
- Best for Mexican Food Lovers: Cilantro
- Best for Slow Cooking: Rosemary
Oregano is an herb often used in Mediterranean dishes as well as on meats such as fish and chicken. It is also used in homemade tinctures and remedies for its natural antibiotic and antifungal properties. Oregano is an antioxidant and therefore very beneficial to our bodies.
Peppermint has tons of uses but the most popular is dried for mint tea, making mint jelly for lamb, and even in tinctures for common cold symptoms. This herb grows like a weed which means you’ll never run out. Also, drinking a warm cup of mint tea may help soothe upset stomachs and acid reflux.
If you enjoy DIY projects and natural living, lavender will be the perfect herb to grow. Instead of using artificial fragrances, you can use homegrown lavender for a natural scent. There are a few ways to use lavender, you can dry it, use it fresh, or blend it in a food processor to add in non-toxic lotions. The scent of lavender is naturally soothing to help reduce stress and promote better sleep.
Thyme is one of the easiest herbs to use in my opinion. You can add it to roasts, on chicken breasts, and even mixed in with mashed potatoes. This herb gives food a deepened savory flavor due to its earthy profile. If you’re new to cooking with herbs, thyme is the perfect one to start with as it doesn’t overwhelm the flavors of a dish.
Basil is Italian food’s best friend. With its sweet peppery flavor, it pairs perfectly with tomato bases on pizza and in pasta. If you’re a pesto pasta fan, basil needs to be in your kitchen. Whipping up fresh pesto will be easier than ever.
If you love Mexican food, cilantro will be your favorite herb to grow. It adds a refreshing citrusy flavor profile to tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and any other Mexican food you enjoy. I am a huge cilantro fan and so is my husband!
Parsley has a mild, herby flavor that pairs with almost anything. You can garnish homemade french fries, baked fish, and even add it into sauces. If your dish needs a little freshness, add parsley. If you want a sauce to taste a little lighter, add parsley.
Chives are one of the most well-known herbs out there. They usually are used to top baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, and potato soup. The onion-like flavor profile pairs perfectly with potatoes, soups, and scrambled eggs. You usually use chives to garnish dishes for added flavor.
Sage is in the mint family but adds a herbaceous flavor profile to chicken, sausage, and root vegetables. It is also commonly used in natural remedies for reducing inflammation. If you love sausage dishes, this herb is for you.
Rosemary is a fragrant herb used to season chicken, steak, and fish. It is also used in potato dishes to bring out the flavor. If you enjoy slow cooking in a crockpot or cast iron, rosemary is the perfect herb to use. It holds up to high heat for a longer duration of time.
Steps to Start a Kitchen Herb Garden
Before you visit a local nursery or store, plan out your design and what plants you’ll need. This helps reduce overwhelm while shopping and maximizes the use of your herb garden space. First, pick a location in your kitchen and measure the area. Next, decide what planter colors will go well within your room. Then, make a list of herbs you want to grow.
After planning your herb garden, head to a local plant store or nursery to shop. Walmart has inexpensive planters and soil while local nurseries usually have better-priced organic herbs. Also, I highly recommend purchasing organic soil to reduce toxins and chemicals in your food. My favorite affordable option is Whitney Farms Organic Potting Soil.
After you get home from shopping, plant your herbs immediately. Fill each pot with 1/2 full of soil and stick the herbs down one by one. When finished fill the pots 3/4 of the way with soil to cover any exposed roots. Water your herbs right away and position them in your kitchen.
After a week, make sure your herbs are getting plenty of sunlight, aren’t getting burnt, and have enough soil. You may have to move them elsewhere or add more soil.
Herb Gardening FAQ
- What’s the best layout for a kitchen herb garden? The best design is by a window where plenty of light comes in.
- What herbs grow best together? If you’re planting each herb in separate pots you don’t have anything to worry about. If you choose a large planter, it is best to keep like with like—for example plant Mediterranean herbs together: basil and oregano.
- What herbs shouldn’t be planted together? As long as you have separate pots you can grow anything beside one another. However, if planting in a large pot, avoid planting competitive plants next to each other. For example, don’t plant cilantro and fennel in the same pot.
More PBH Imperfect Homemaking Blogs
- Best Container Garden Guide (Affordable + Renter-Friendly)
- 10 Best Office Plants For Productivity and Reduced Stress
- How to Create a Cozy Living Room without Breaking the Bank
If you enjoyed reading this blog post, it would mean so much if you’d leave a kind review below! It does make a difference for Plum Branch Home 😊