9 Amazing Herbs To Grow Indoors
Are you excited to always have fresh herbs for cooking? Love indoor plants and all the fantastic benefits that go along with having green life in your home? Planting indoor herbs will give you this and more. In addition to complementing your most excellent culinary dishes, they also have a multitude of other great uses. Lemon Balm will help keep you calm and deter insects. Mint is outstanding for all those fancy drinks as well as hot or cold teas. Are you looking to reduce inflammation? Rosemary is a hearty and flavorful herb that is quite beneficial to your cardiovascular health. Sage is excellent for improving your brain functions and aiding in what memory you retain. The list goes on and on and on..... Ready to get your indoor herb garden started? Here is our carefully curated list of the best 9 herbs to grow inside and everything you need to know about them.
1. Cilantro - Cilantro is a super flavorful and incredibly healthy southern herb. It can be grown yearly on any area with the proper sunlight and conditions. Like guacamole? Cilantro is the catalyst.
Pro Tip: Perhaps the most crucial note for growing Cilantro is sunlight. Cilantro needs a minimum of 6-8 hours of direct sunlight to grow to its fullest potential. Additionally, with proper watering, do not worry about overheating Cilantro. A hot sunny windowsill is perfect for this plant.
2. Rosemary - Rosemary is a fragrant woody plant that has many culinary uses. Rosemary is one of the big 3 (Rosemary, Sage, Thyme), a standard combo for poultry and traditional American dishes.
Pro Tip: Rosemary is a perennial and will last for years if well cared for. The best way to grow Rosemary is to plant in a larger pot somewhere where it will receive 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. You can trim the fast-growing stems for seasoning and cooking and allow the plant to grow and thrive season after season.
3. Sage - Number 2 of the big three. Sage is a soft and beautiful plant. Often herbs reach maturity and quickly flower, which can cause a bitter flavor. Sage is different. It's leaves maintain a delicious taste and attractive look. Like Rosemary, sage is also a perennial and can be kept for years.
Pro Tip: Grow your sage in well-drained soil. If possible, add a handful of sand. Sage has a mild but incredibly versatile flavor and adds a massive boost of flavor to roasted vegetables.
4. Thyme - Thyme is the last of the big 3. Thyme is a delicious addition to turkey or rice. Thyme is also a perennial like sage and rosemary. Grow all three together for years together and always have a fresh bouquet of flavor for the perfect Thanksgiving Holiday.
Pro Tip: Heat and sun. Thyme will thrive under these conditions. Find the sunniest space in your home and do not be afraid to allow the heat of the day to surround the herb. Water every other day in well-drained soil and your Thyme will thrive.
5. Basil - Purple basil? Italian Basil? Thai Basil? There are so many unusual varieties, each offering unique flavor, and color. Basil is of utmost culinary importance. From Thai to Italian food, Basil is one of the most useful herbs
Pro Tip: Basil loves well-drained soil, lots of sun, and plenty of water. Basil flowers are fantastic as a garnish and have an incredibly sweet flavor.
6. Dill - If you have not tried braised lemon and dill chicken, you are missing one of the most exceptional dishes ever created. Dill is a delicate herb that grows well in almost any condition. Dill is used for a wide variety of culinary dishes that range from pickles to poultry.
7. Lemon Balm - Lemon Balm is a super fragrant plant that holds essential oils that can aid in relaxation and assisting the nervous system to settle. This super herb also helps deter insects and bugs. Our favorite space for lemon balm is a long narrow planter that sits atop our outdoor table.
Pro Tip: Lemon Balm will grow tall fast. Don't be afraid to cut the tops off and eat or drop into a cup of tea. Lemon balm is fantastic for all forms of anxiety and stress.
8. Parsley - One of the freshest tasting herbs and perfect for garnish, and finishing all of your favorite Middle Eastern, European, and American dishes. The most popular varieties are Italian parsley and curly leaf parsley.
Pro TIp: Parsley take a long time to begin growing. The germination period can take 3-6 weeks. Once established growth will be rapid and incredibly bountiful. A good amount of patience combined with rich well-drained soil will produce a bountiful harvest of parsley.
9. Marjoram - Marjoram is sweet and subtle. A mild addition to lamb, stew, chicken or roasted vegetables. Super-versatile in all cooking styles but historically used in many European dishes.
Pro Tip: Marojam grows super fast. Give this beautiful herb plenty of space, well-drained soil, and sunlight and it will provide plenty of delicious bounty for all of your delicately flavored dishes.
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