There are all sorts of good reasons to make indoor herb gardens.
Whichever of these categories you fit into, you'll find the ideal solution here - from having a couple of pots on your kitchen windowsill to the super duper AeroGarden which you can fill with herbs, veggies and/or flowers all year round.
The most basic indoor herb garden can be a collection of individual pots of your most used herbs.
It's relatively cheap and can be immediate BUT there are some downsides.
Click on the photo to read more.
Photo: Flickr Dogeard
You can buy fabulous herb kits from nurseries, supermarkets or order online.
You grow your own from seed and the kit usually provides everything you need from the seeds to the containers.
They tend to be reasonably priced and if you're new to gardening or you want a great gift for a foodie loving green thumbed friend, then they're great.
Again, there are some downsides - click on the photo to read more about the window herb garden.
There are gorgeous indoor herb gardens available from Miracle-Gro - the Aerogarden. It is a combination of hydroponics with a grow light.
The seeds are encapsulated in pods with a sphagnum moss mixture and go into the base - you get reminders to feed, water and the lights go on and off automatically.
There are a lot of different Aerogarden Seed Kits available. Different permutations of herbs, vegetables (tomatoes, jalepenos, bell peppers) and flowers plus Grow Anything kits and seed starter kits.
How can you choose? What do you need to consider before deciding?
Read more... about the Herb Kits available.
How do you fancy growing vegetables in your Aerogarden? There are seed kits for tomatoes, peppers, chillies, salad leaves as well as tips on starting vegetables, growing on and what peoples' experiences have been.
Beautiful cascading petunias, English Cottage Garden, Mountain Garden Flower, Edilbes, Lavender and Coleus are all Aerogarden seed kits you can buy.
Of course, you can still grow your own choice of seeds in the Grow Anything kit or start off seeds in the starter kit.
When you've got a tiny kitchen, it can be hard to believe you can find space for an Aerogarden. You might have to compromise, but the benefits of being able to grow luscious herbs indoors, all year round will make it worth the effort.
Step by step photos to show you how easy it is to set up the Aerogrow Aerogarden - it took about five minutes and I saw the first growth (basil) in three days.
Indoor herb gardens are just as susceptible to flying insects as greenhouse and conservatory plants. It's best to use totally natural products, pesticide free, because you will be eating the plants. Click on the photo to read more about the types of bugs you might get and how to deal with them.
When you start your herbs off, some will grow quicker than others. You're supposed to keep the faster ones trimmed back so that the slower ones have room to grow. Also, you're recommended to keep the grow light at its lowest setting until all the herbs are one inch away from it.
So, the problem is, what to do with the trimmings?
The first herbs to shoot to the grow light were the dill and thai basil - I was going to makes sauces, pestos and similar with those, so I cut them back and froze them until I wanted to use them.
The mint then romped away and I was going to make tea with that so I decided to dry it.
It's not a massive quantity - just a handful, but it had taken only three weeks!
So - how to dry herbs in the oven in small quantities.
The Click and Grow Indoor Basil Garden has some very mixed reviews. Some people say it's fabulous and they have more than one and great success and others say they felt like they've wasted their money. Click on the photo to get more in-depth information. Coming Soon
December 2016 - I bought one and shall be setting it up soon - watch this space!
The Grow Light Indoor Garden also has mixed reviews. Some people find raising the light needs four hands! Click on the photo for more in-depth reviews. Coming Soon
December 2016 - I bought one of these as well! Shall be setting it up as soon as New Year is over and I can make some space.
You can grow a herb in a single pot or group together in larger planters.
If you decide to do groups, then choose plants that need similar conditions. Don't put mint in with anything else as it will overrun the pot, suffocating the other plants.