Many herbs, including common culinary herbs such as basil and oregano, can be grown on a kitchen windowsill, as long as you have about “four to six hours of sunlight,” said Christy Wilhelmi, author of “Gardening for Geeks.”
Wilhelmi recommends annuals such as parsley, cilantro and basil, which grow well in a sunny window. Chives, thyme, tarragon, mint and other perennials will work if they have enough room to grow.
Because plants on a windowsill receive sunlight on one side, Wilhelmi recommends using containers that can be rotated.
“I always recommend forgoing the cute tiny pots for something more substantial,” she said. Wilhemi prefers pots that are at least 8 inches in diameter for annuals and larger for perennials.
Although south-facing windows are best for growing herbs indoors, you can use fluorescent grow lights or LED lights for 14 to 16 hours a day.
The University of California Cooperative Extension recommends the following herbs for indoor gardens:
- Aloe vera
- Garlic chives
- Lemon balm
- Scented-leaf geraniums
- Winter savory