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Indoor Herb Garden

Edible Art

Built by James Trigueiro | Photos by Jonna Dodge

Herbs add flavor to many types of food dishes but have also been used medicinally for thousands of years. Research is ongoing, but studies have shown that consuming herbs may help to prevent and manage health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimers, diabetes, and more. They may also provide anti-inflammatory benefits. Fresh herbs usually have higher antioxidant levels. However, the drying process concentrates the micronutrient levels of dried herbs. Whether using fresh herbs to flavor a meal or drinking tea made with dried herbs, you’ll reap the benefits where health and deliciousness converge. For example, adding herbs to a low-salt meal will enhance the flavor and help you stay health-conscious.

We invited James Trigueiro from JT Fixer to create an indoor wall herb garden with self-watering pots and grow lights. The result was not only functional, but became the room’s decorative focal point.

We planted thyme, basil, and mint varieties.

We planted thyme, basil, and mint varieties.


Plant varieties of herbs that tend to thrive indoors: basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, or thyme. Note: mint is a spreading herb so it’s best confined to its own container.

Using seedlings or pre-sprouted plants from a garden shop can be easier and faster to start.

Use a pot with drainage and an attached saucer or protector. Self-watering versions keep the guesswork out of keeping the soil moist.

Place plants close to a bright window or invest in a grow light for the winter months.

Regularly harvest your herbs by removing the leaves off the sprigs to promote new growth. Remove no more than a quarter at a time to avoid distressing the plant.