Shade-Tolerant Small Space Herbs
Small space, or apartment living doesn't mean you can't grow fresh, organic herbs indoors. Many herbs, contrary to popular belief, require more shade than sunlight to grow and need relatively little space to grow in. The soft, 'leafy' herbs like chives, parsley, mint, cilantro, tarragon, oregano, and lemon balm can do quite well in slightly shadier spots (be cautious of basil and dill, they are soft-leaved but require full sun). All you need is a window ledge, or spot on the counter, floor, table - anywhere you can consider potting up a few plants. If done right, they add a beautiful aesthetic to your living space.
Depending on your wood-working skills, you can choose to make, purchase or repurpose almost any container to plant in, simply drill in drainage holes if it does not already have them. Small rocks in the bottom of your planter are generally a good idea to prevent the soil from compacting and clogging up drainage holes.
One planter (apx 4 inches wide by 20 inches) makes an ideal micro-garden. This size planter can host 4 different herbs. The plus side? Herbs are meant to be eaten, so harvest often. You can either start your herbs from organic seeds, or buy them pre-started from local garden stores.
Photography by Erin Boyle