Herbs are great spices that doesn’t take much to add wonderful flavor for your diet. They can be used in cooking, aromatherapy, skincare products, and even as a key element in a pollinator garden. Bring your garden inside with these 10 easiest herbs you can grow indoor and you won’t even need any special equipment as long as you provide them with plenty of water and sunshine. Trust me, they will change your life forever.
How to Grow Herbs
As a rule of thumb, place your fresh batch of herbs in small containers from seeds or bring cuttings or divisions inside to grow on a windowsill throughout the year. Place your herbs in a spot that it can at least get 6 hours of sunlight.
Other than sunlight, herbs need to be planted in pots with good drainage so that they have sufficient water to keep hydrated. Use a saucer or liner to avoid any excess water from ruining your tabletop or windowsill.
Therefore, make a list of herbs you would like to plant this year and swing by at your local garden shop and shop for pots and soil. With the plants mentioned below, it is important to position them in a way that each of them receives plenty of sunlight and receives adequate watering.
1. Bay Laurel
Bay lauren, also known as bay leaf is famous for its Mediterranean shrub that are essential ingredients for soups and stews. The older the leaves, the stronger the flavor is. Be aware not to place bay in a crowded area because it needs air circulation to remain healthy and prevent disease.
Bay is a slow-growing herb that has a long, green, and fragrant smell that is used in a wide variety of cuisines. It grows densely and needs just a little watering. Be sure to use a clip as it can reach over 50 feet tall in the right condition.
Thyme is the key ingredient in nearly every cuisine in the world because of its versatile flavor and fragrance. You can just start planting thyme by rooting a soft tip that was cut from an outdoor plant or digging and re-potting the entire plant. Like rosemary and sage, it is easy to propagate from cuttings as well. Thyme like full sun but also require occasional trimming in order to maintain shape and size.
In addition to being a beautiful indoor plant, fresh thyme is so much more fragrant and potent. Thyme leaves are commonly used as a seasoning in countless kitchen preparations, including main dishes and desserts. Don’t forget to water them when the surface of the soil becomes dry, but never let it wilt.
Chervil can also be called the French parsley. Start chervil seeds in a deep pot to give its tap roots room to grow well. It grows well in low light but needs the right temperature between 65 degrees and 70 degrees to thrive.
It is one of the four herbs used to make traditional French fries. Chervil pairs well with fish, steamed carrots, steamed eggs, and potatoes. Add them at the end of cooking to retain their flavor.
Oregano is easy to propagate from cuttings or by division. It takes a few cuttings and roots out in a cup of water. Fresh oregano is much milder than dried. If you do not know, Oregano is actually a member of the mint family.
Oregano is a surprisingly easy and hardy herb to grow. Add them into tomato sauces, soups, stews, and meat to make anything taste more like pizza. Don’t forget to add them at the end of the cooking process so that its flavor is not lost.
Oregano is a must for Italian, Mexican, Central American and Middle Eastern cuisines. Give Oregano a moderate to strong light and water when the surface of the soil is dry.
Parsley likes full sun. It usually comes in two styles: One is curly-leafed and the other is flat-leafed. Both are commonly used in cooking and as garnishes to many types of cuisines. You can choose to start parsley from seed and soak it in warm water before sowing it.
Parsley is good at adding bright color and flavor to salads, sauces, and soups. It is delicious in pesto, fish, and vegetable dishes.
Expect your house to smell fresh thorough the entire space thanks to the pungent scent of this herbs. It is just like your natural air freshener. Rosemary needs to be exposed to full sun and it requires moderate watering to produce small, narrow, fragrant leaves.
The needled leaves are must-add herbs to pork, chicken, lamb, soups, potatoes, and olive oil. It is also used in tomato and cream sauces. It is one of the herbs that holds its flavor relatively well after being dried.
Sage tolerates dry, indoor air well but it needs the strong sun especially when grown indoors. Sage needs only occasional watering once it is established in a container as it is a relatively drought-tolerant plant.
Sage is traditionally used as a medicinal herb or as a culinary. Its leaves are known for its fragrance in the kitchen, specifically in poultry dishes and traditional holiday recipes.
Chives can grow anywhere with full sun and in rich soil in between 6.0 and 7.0 pH. Chives are a versatile ingredient when used in the kitchen because of its flavor and taste.
The leaves add a mild kick to soups and salads. Remember to leave 2″ of growth so that it can resprout. Chives also grow best in bright lights.
Tarragon is also called the French tarragon or estragon, is a species of perennial herb in the sunflower family. It is essential to feed them well with liquid fertilizer and place it under the sun as much as possible. It thrives in containers and produces fragrant leaves. It is widely used for flavoring, fragrance and medicinal purposes.
Basil is an easy to grow plant and is well-played with salads and sauces. It is also a must for homemade pesto for Italian or Thai food. Basil likes lots of sunlight and warmth. You can start basil from planting the seeds or purchase small plants and pot them in organic potting soil.
Avoid cool spots especially under the air-conditioned room. The herb has aromatic green leaves and tiny flowers and it needs to be watered regularly in well-draining soil.
4 Tips for Successful Growth
Keep a few basic principles in mind when growing any of these plants at home:
- Locate your herbs under the sunniest window or area where grow lights can easily be added. They require full sun for a minimum of 6 to 8 hours a day to thrive, while plants that tolerate part sun need a minimum of 4 to 6 hours of sun a day.
- Plant them in containers with a good drainage system. This help water runs freely, while plants are never waterlogged.
- Work with the best potting soil from your local store. It is perfect to have an organic potting for containers that are high in organic matter and peat-free.
- Begin with what you eat the most at home. If you find yourself reaching for basil, grow basil. You don’t need to grow all the food you eat.