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13 Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors

Growing herbs indoors for year-round use is fun, gratifying and easy.

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Growing Herbs Indoors

Fresh herbs can thrive year-round indoors as long as you provide direct sunlight and protect them from cold drafts in northern regions. Keep fresh herbs always at hand by filling pots with soil for containers and arranging them on a bright windowsill. When designing a windowsill herb garden, help prevent overwatering by tucking plants into plain pots that you slip into pretty cachepots. Always empty the cachepot each time you water your herbs. Browse our favorite herbs that are perfect for growing indoors, no matter where you're located.

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Lemon Balm

Grow lemon balm plants for a single year for the best flavor. Plant it indoors in the fall, grow it indoors through winter, then you can plant it outside for spring and summer.

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Chives grow almost anywhere. Harvest them at the base (like cutting grass), no more than one-third of the bunch at a time.

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Growing mint indoors may be the best plan for most of us. Containerizing mint keeps it from growing all over the yard and garden. All varieties are suitable for indoors.

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