You know that feeling of gratification you get when you successfully complete a home cooked meal and you were the talk of the table? How about growing your own herbs, year round, and adding them into those dishes? Now that’s a dinner conversation. Many people associate edible landscaping with a vegetable garden or a full on backyard operation, but really it can take place simply on your windowsill. Here are my picks for the top 5 herbs you can grown inside your home, year round.
Rosemary. We all know the great things rosemary can do for our chicken, steak, and veggie dishes, so I’m stoked to be able to put this one on the list. Rosemary is best grown indoors by a south-facing window – she likes her sun! Also, make sure there is good air circulation for your rosemary so it will not be as susceptible to powdery mildew. When it comes to watering, it’s important not to over-water (or under, for that matter). Every 2 weeks watering for rosemary is good rule – just make sure the soil is dry when you are about to water. In it’s native environment, rosemary grabs moisture out of the sea air, so it’s a good idea to have water with rocks in the pot drain pan, this will allow for more moisture in the air around the plant. Rosemary has so many uses in the kitchen, not to mention the scent! I’m definitely happy to have my kitchen smell like rosemary 24/7!
Thyme. The thyme-less kitchen herb staple is found in some of our most popular dishes and is a great addition to a soup or stew! The best way to start growing thyme indoors is by rooting a tip that has been cut from an existing plant, but if you decided to pot a full plant indoors you can as well. Thyme loves its full sun, but it will still grow in a east or west facing window making it a perfect addition for just about every indoor herb garden. When it comes to watering, make sure it is dried out in between watering cycles. Depending on interior temperatures, most likely a good watering habit to follow would be every 2 weeks or so. A clay pot or small concrete pot will help with making sure the plant dries out adequately between water cycles!
Fun Fact: Many herbs can be grown together in the same pot! Some that do best together are: parsley, oregano, basil and mint.
Sage. Whether you’re mixing it with pasta or serving it with steak, sage is a kitchen herb must. This leafy herb is perfect for the indoor environment during the winter as it can take on the dry, indoor air like a champ! The sage loves it’s light and a strong sunlight is needed, I would recommend a south facing window for best growth. If you’re not able to give your sage 6-8 hours of sun per day, you can supplement with florescent lighting. Also, sage enjoys a warm, humid environment which can be achieved by growing other herbs around sage or with a pebble tray as noted with the rosemary.
Parsley. Best known to be a garnish, but wow there is so much more to this herb! Did you know parsley is actually a great source of Vitamin C, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can be a breath freshener? Now you do. Now let’s grow some! Parsley has a large taproot that doesn’t transplant well, so it’s best go the seed route with this guy. Just sow seeds into the soil and make sure there is plenty of light – parsley, like sage, needs 6-8 hours of sunlight per day or supplementary light from florescent lights. With parsley you’ll want to keep the soil lightly moist and make sure the tray under the pot is always full of water to prevent the roots from rotting.
Fun Fact: Rotate your herb pot on the windowsill when you notice the plant leaning into the sun, this will help create a uniform growth look for your pot!
Oregano. This one is one of my top kitchen favorites! The best way to start growing oregano is from a tip that has been cut, but of course you can start by growing from seed. Super easy to care for, main thing is to have enough sun! Oregano definitely loves it’s time in the south-facing window. When it comes to watering, make sure the pot has great drainage and to let the soil dry out in-between watering cycles. Oregano is naturally drought resistant so remember not to over-water! Oregano loves a good haircut every now and then – this will keep the plant compact!
There you have it, my top 5 herb picks to grow indoors all year round. Now you have no excuse to liven up your kitchen and enhance your dishes with herbs. Add sizzle and flavor not only to your dishes, but also to your kitchen decor!