Top 5 Best Herbs for Indoor Growing
Have you ever considered growing your own food but don’t know where to start? Have no garden space? Think herbs – they are the perfect starter plants that are easy to grow, even inside. With a few pots in a sunny window you can have fresh seasoning for your meals available at all times!
Here is a list of five easy to grow plants to share with you, plus a few details about how to use them.
Chives – These are really easy to grow. Start them from seed (or dig up a clump from a friend’s house). Chives have a somewhat onion and garlicky flavor to them. They make a beautiful garnish for baked potatoes and fit well into savory recipes like mushroom risotto. Cut the stems close to the soil line and chop into fine pieces for use.
Rosemary – This plant is an herb that is actually more flavorful when used fresh. Rosemary is delicious with almost any vegetable. Another use is in making your own herbal enhanced vinegar The stems are beautiful in a decorative jar. Make sure you don’t over water this plant and it will reward you with leaves you can pick all year long for your kitchen.
Thyme – Thyme is a great woody herb to grow in your kitchen. It mixes well with most seasoning blends and is excellent in soups. The thick stems can be used for additional flavor but should be removed before eating. Alternatively you can simply pull the leaves off and give them a quick chop before adding them in. Thyme has a very strong aromatic smell.
Parsley – As a garnish parsley is good, but don’t forget you can actually eat this fast growing herb as well. Think dishes that contain tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables. It also makes a nice addition to bean dishes. Parsley is very nutritious and makes an interesting texture addition to a salad (and will freshen your breath too!).
Mint – Other than the obvious use in drinks (chocolate mint is my favorite tea) mint can actually be used in quite a few dishes. This plant is best grown in a pot because it will take over your garden. Mint can go well in savory dishes. I prefer to use it in desserts – mint goes well with anything chocolate! You can also make a delicious mint whipped cream to use as a topping.
Growing your own herbs is easy and rewarding. Simply pick a small pot to plant the seeds in, fill with moist potting soil and sprinkle the seeds. Keep your herbs moist, but not sitting in standing water. Most herbs love a south window but will adapt to any brightly lit area. Make sure you keep the end pinched off to prevent them from getting too tall and encourage bushy growth. Remember when you are cooking with fresh herbs that one teaspoon of dried herbs should be replaced with a tablespoon of fresh herbs. Feel free to experiment with recipes and uses – and of course expand your indoor garden once you’ve mastered these herbs. We would love for you to share favorite recipes in comments below!
Jessica Wick is one of our very own E3Live employees, she enjoys teaching her three children about organic gardening, has a horse, a goat, 2 dogs and a flock of chickens that also love E3Live!