I just planted the first set of my plants, so my indoor organic container garden has finally started, after much ado and research. Today I planted 4 regular basil, 1 Thai basil, and 2 cilantro in terracotta pots, in a mixture of coarse sand, potting soil, compost, composted cow manure, composted peat humus, and a little fertilizer. I'm growing them under bright full spectrum fluorescent lights.
I didn't know until I had already gotten the plants that cilantro is one that doesn't like being transplanted, and I wouldn't have tried to do it from a plant if I had known that, but oh well. The cilantro plants visibly did not like being transplanted... their leaves all drooped and they really seemed stressed. I hope they will recover in several days.
The basil plants seemed chilled out about being transplanted and seemed to visibly perk up when I put the new dirt around them. So I think they will be OK.
Tomorrow I will start my dill seedlings, and next week I'll plant the rest of the plants (perennials).
I already measured (height, width, # leaves, etc.) all the plants I got when I first brought them home, and took pictures of each one, so I can have concrete info to see how they are progressing. I think I'll give them 40 days (10 days to recover from being transplanted plus 30 days to grow), then take some more measurements and pics to see how they are doing.