I love using fresh herbs in my recipes, and was excited to learn that there are herbs that are easy to grow indoors. Fresh herbs add so much flavor to food, and although not usually thought of as beneficial for health, they have many health promoting qualities, which is all the more reason to plant these herbs that are easy to grow indoors. Although the herbs I am going to talk about are not very demanding when it comes to care, there are a few basic tips that can help your indoor herb garden thrive. When you plant your herbs, only plant one type of herb per pot, and give them ample room to grow. If you follow these simple instructions, you should have no trouble growing these culinary herbs.
I tried to grow basil about 5 years ago, and despite this being one of the herbs that are easy to grow indoors, I was unsuccessful. I have learned that my black thumb was a result of choosing too small a pot. So, if you have a larger pot you should do well. There are many varieties of basil, but Spicy Globe Basil and African Blue Basil are particularly suited for indoors. Growing basil is a wonderful way to have fresh basil for pesto at hand all the time. Also, basil is full of vitamins and minerals and is even anti-inflammatory, so, you can feel good about adding fresh basil to your meals.
Thyme is an herb that does great in full sun. In fact, it needs 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day, which makes it perfect for a sunny window. Thyme has a slightly lemony flavor and is a great herb for Italian and French dishes. You don’t need very much time to add great flavor. If you want, you can even use your fresh thyme to make tea if you have a sore throat. It is a great herb for relieving a sore throat, and if you have some in your indoor herb garden all you have to do is clip a little thyme from your plant.
Chives are one of the easiest herbs to grow. They don’t require much light, which means you don’t have to worry about finding a window for them. You will want to make sure that your pot has a drainage hole because chives do need well drained soil to thrive. When you use chives for you dishes, just cut 1/3 off of the top. This will stimulate new growth for this herb that has a mild onion flavor.
Mint is an incredibly hearty herb. It is actually quite invasive, so this is one herb that you absolutely want to plant in its own pot. Mint can easily be grown from seed. You will want to make sure that you place it in an area that receives some sun. Although not a sun lover, mint does need a little to thrive. Peppermint is a great variety of mint to grow. A little bit is all you need, and it is great for making tea to soothe a stomach.
Not just a garnish, parsley is a great herb to use in dishes, and it is not very difficult to grow. You can grow it from seed, but you will have to be patient because the seeds take 2 weeks to germinate and it is a slow grower. However, once your parsley has grown enough you can add it to all sorts of recipes. It is even great in pesto. You will want to use ample amounts of this herb in your dishes because it has many vitamins and minerals.
Rosemary is a very fragrant herb that looks like a miniature pine tree. It does not require a lot of care because it likes drier soil. While growing rosemary indoors is simple, you will have the most success with the Tuscan Blue or Blue Spine varieties. I love adding rosemary to all sorts of dishes. It tastes wonderful and has so many health promoting properties. It is has anti-inflammatory actions and is rich in B vitamins. Once your rosemary is thriving, you will want to use it time and time again.
Oregano is widely used in Greek and Italian cuisines. There are many different varieties of oregano that you can choose from and all are equally tasty. Like thyme, oregano requires a lot of sunlight. It needs a full 6 to 8 hours of sun each day, which means it really needs a sunny window. So long as oregano has a sunny window, it will thrive in your indoor herb garden.
Herbs are wonderful plants to grow indoors. They are very fragrant and can be used in so many different ways. I personally love to make pesto out of different herbs. What herb would you grow in your indoor herb garden?