Spice Up Your Life!
One of the easiest ways to spice up your life is to grow your own herbs, right in your kitchen. Many common herbs grow very well indoors and require little maintenance. The best part? While you cook, you’ll have delicious herbs on hand to add to your favorite meals.
You don’t even need much to get started on your indoor herb garden! Here’s what you need for your indoor herb garden kit:
- Planting pots – Try to pick pots that support good water drainage. Also, pick ones that suit your indoor herb garden space.
- Soil – Herbs thrive in regular garden soil, provided the planting pots allow for drainage.
Have everything you need? It’s time to decide which herbs you want to grow.
Indoor Herb Garden Essentials
If you need some indoor herb garden ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few easy to grow herbs you can add to your indoor herb garden:
Rosemary goes with practically every dish! You can use it with most vegetables as well as poultry, fish, game, pork, and lamb. Rosemary thrives in the sunlight and does not do well in the cold. This makes your kitchen the perfect indoor location for growing this herb. This herb has many health benefits. Adding some to your food will help to improve blood circulation. Rosemary is also known to promote hair growth, boost the immune system, and ease muscle pain.
If you want to add a hint of onion to soups, salads, or even an omelet, add chives to your indoor herb garden. Chives will grow almost anywhere. They do, however, require a fair bit of sun so place them near a kitchen window. Water your chives frequently. To avoid root rot, ensure that your planting pot has good drainage. Chives provide several health benefits including cancer prevention. This herb also improves memory and prevents osteoporosis.
If you enjoy cooking Thai, Mediterranian, or Italian dishes, consider including basil in your indoor herb garden. Basil is an annual plant, which means it can grow year-round. It’s also a great herb for beginners as it grows quickly with little maintenance. Keep in mind that basil requires a lot of water– At least an inch per week! This herb offers huge health benefits. It’s a great source of Vitamin A, which helps to maintain good eyesight. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen and aspirin.
Sage is often used in Italian dishes. It’s typically finely chopped and mixed with butter to go on top of gnocchi or pasta. If that doesn’t sound delicious, sage can also enhance the flavor of most meats. You can wait until the soil is really dry to water your sage plant. Even if the leaves look a little wilted, sage will revive with a little water. This herb does well in medium to full sun, so you can put it near your kitchen window. Sage plants also produce oxygen at night, making it a great sleep aid. If you want to know more about plants that produce oxygen at night, click here!
Cilantro’s bright flavor works well with noodle bowls, seafood, and even grilled meats. This versatile herb makes a great addition to any indoor herb garden. Cilantro requires a pot with lots of drainage holes. The reason for this is because this herb needs a lot of water. When the soil is dry, water your indoor cilantro plant until you see water exiting the drainage holes. Place your cilantro somewhere in your kitchen that provides light shade or full sun. The health benefits of cilantro include lowered blood sugar, and improved sleep quality.
The French love to use thyme in their cooking. So this herb is often found in stews and soups. It pairs best with tomatoes, beans, and meat. Similar to other herbs on this list, thyme simply requires access to sunlight to thrive. You should only water thyme when the soil is dry. Thyme is full of vitamin A. Cooking with this herb is a great way to add more iron and fiber to your diet.
Oregano is another herb that you can add to your indoor herb garden. This herb and tomato go extremely well together, which is why it is most often associated with pizza and pasta sauces. The flavor of this herb gets stronger when it’s had a full day of sun. So try to put your plant near your kitchen window. To keep your oregano healthy, trim back the plant when necessary. You will only want to water your oregano thoroughly when the soil is dry. Oregano doesn’t just enhance the flavor of your pasta. It also has a wide variety of health benefits that help with menstruation cramps, urinary tract infections, allergies, colds, headaches, heart conditions, and more.
Tarragon is a herb with coarse leaves and a light, licorice flavor. A herb associated with spring, it enhances vegetables like asparagus and carrots. Tarragon is also commonly used on salmon or chicken dishes. This herb is a great aid for poor appetite, digestion issues, and toothaches. Tarragon doesn’t require much care. It does require sunlight and proper water drainage. Therefore, keep your tarragon close to a kitchen window and make sure it’s planted in a pot with proper drainage holes. Water your tarragon often when it’s first planted. As the plant grows, decrease the amount of watering to every 2 – 3 days.
Parsley is full of antioxidants like vitamin C. It’s also great for bone health. This herb has been known to help fight cancers and is great for maintaining good eyesight. Adding parsley to your indoor herb garden is easy. All you need to do is keep the soil moist and make sure the roots don’t sit in water. Parsley is most often used as a garnish on anything and everything! From salads to meats, to veggies and even pasta, this herb is a useful addition to any indoor garden. Indoor gardening isn’t just rewarding and satisfying, it’s also fun and easy! With a minimal amount of time and effort, you can have the indoor herb garden of your dreams.
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