If you take your cooking seriously, you probably like to keep a variety of herbs around the kitchen. If you take your budget seriously, it is best to grow your own herbs instead of buying them each time you run out.
Herbs can add a refreshing twist to home-cooked budget meals, and are mostly regarded as a healthier alternative to spices. Besides saving money in the long run, growing herbs is something you can do indoors, even with limited space.
Remember: most herbs need sunlight to grow, so choose a spot in your home where your herbs will get plenty of light. Your kitchen windowsill might be a good idea if your kitchen gets direct light.
Here are 10 herbs that can grow perfectly indoors:
Basil prefers plenty of sun and will most likely grow best when placed somewhere like a windowsill. It is a favourite choice in Italian and Thai dishes. Although basil grows great indoors, it can be a difficult choice for beginners.
Parsley is great for both cooking and garnishing. One of the many benefits of growing parsley indoors is the fact that it will not mind the extra moisture in your kitchen. It is best to keep the soil of your parsley slightly damp, just make sure you don’t overwater the roots.
To grow rosemary indoors, you will need a spot that gets about 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Make sure your plant does not dry out, without overwatering it. The Taylor’s Blue or Salem rosemary plants are great choices for growing indoors.
The Greek oregano plant is easiest to grow indoors. If your oregano plant has proper sunlight and care, it can give you fresh leaves for up to two years.
Thyme is one of those herbs that is constantly praised for its health benefits. The best part is that you can easily grow this cooking companion indoors. Remember to trim of dry flowers to encourage growth.
Both spearmint and peppermint will grow perfectly in your indoor herb garden. If you have limited space, it is best to go with peppermint, since it has a stronger taste, and most recipes require less of it than spearmint. Make sure to plant your mint in a bowl of its own. It is a very fast and eager grower, and can easily smother other herbs.
Dill is a common ingredient in salad dressings, pickles and fish dishes. Fernleaf Dill is an ideal option for indoor growing.
Sage survives well with the dry indoor air and is an easy plant to grow. Even better for indoor growth is the Dwarf Garden Sage. Growing Dwarf Garden Sage is very much the same as growing normal garden sage, it just doesn’t grow that high, which makes it an ideal herb to grow in small spaces.
Bring on the winter soups, stocks and stews! Since bay can grow into a small tree, it is best to keep it somewhere where it will have room to grow.
This is our favourite indoor herb. Although it also needs sunlight, it requires less than most other herbs. You can also start growing your chives by digging up a bunch (with roots) from an existing plant. Chives are great with a variety of meals, especially potato dishes.