14 Ways to Grow Indoor Herbs Right in Your Kitchen

14 Ways to Grow Indoor Herbs Right in Your Kitchen

Nancy Mitchell
Mar 17, 2018
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What could be greener — color wise, and also environmentally speaking — than growing herbs right in your own kitchen? Growing herbs indoors isn't without its challenges, but if your kitchen has sufficient light, you can save money on grocery bills, make your kitchen smell amazing, and reduce the distance from farm to table to, oh, about fifteen feet.

The hardest part is finding the space for them, without taking up countertop real estate. Enter these fourteen great ways to grow herbs in a small area, like your kitchen.

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Above: IKEA's FINTORP system isn't just great for holding utensils — it can also be used to create a vertical garden in your kitchen. Image from IKEA, via their Pinterest.

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Using curtain hardware and wooden rods, the Bird and Her Song rigged a vertical herb garden in front of her kitchen window —so she won't lose any counter space at all. Wondering which herbs are best for growing indoors? Balcony Garden Web has a list of the best herbs to grow indoors, and their light requirements.

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Prior to creating an indoor herb garden, Amelia was buying small batches of herbs weekly, but unable to use them all before they went bad. With this quick IKEA hack, she had fresh herbs within arm's reach, and the most wonderful natural aroma to greet her every time she came home.

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These $1.99 painted clay pots might just get the award for being pretty cute, and will fit in the tiniest of apartments. From Style Me Pretty.

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This is the same idea, but with the GRUNDTAL series. Image from IKEA, via their Pinterest.

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This vertical herb garden was made by Pioneer Settler by cutting out holes in basic boards to make room for planters, then strung together with rope.

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Sometimes it's as easy as placing a bar or kitchen cart next to a window for an easy indoor garden, as seen on SF Girl by Bay.

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We've been praising the RASKOG's versatility for years, so it comes as no surprise that this handy rolling cart can even serve as a mobile plant station. The Kitchn offers guidelines for strategically placing herbs and hanging tools on the cart.

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These DIY beer bottle planters, from Design Sponge, are self-watering, and small enough to place in a windowsill.

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The wallbox, from Purple ID, is perfect for growing herbs above the kitchen counter.

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Practically anyone with a window in their kitchen can find space for these hanging pots. Julie Blanner used a series of Command hooks to hang pots to grow herbs for her own kitchen garden. That spot keeps them off the counter and able to take full advantage of the window light.

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Instructions for creating a mason jar herb garden that sits on the countertop, from Serving Up Southern. It's 10 minute project using something you might already have lying the house.

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These upside-down hanging planters, from Boskke, are an innovative and unusual way to grow herbs in your kitchen. Plus you can hang them right in front of a window without taking up any space on the sill. These were styled beautifully by Susanna Vento.

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If you like this idea, but don't want to buy, try these DIY versions from Sweet Paul that use upcycled plastic bottles and some copper tubing.

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Re-edited from a post originally published 8.1.16. - DF

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