Are you looking for easy herbs to grow indoors? Grab a cup of tea or coffee and browse through some of my favorites.
Herbs are some of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow. I love how they brighten and add natural beauty to my kitchen. It is so much fun to cook with fresh herbs plus they are naturally gluten free!
I have put together a list for you with a few of my favorite kitchen herbs to grow in pots. If you are just starting out select one or two. If you are already growing herbs perhaps you will find a new one to add to your kitchen garden.
Favorite Kitchen Herbs To Grow
Basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow. Fresh or dried, basil is a great companion for tomato dishes: Italian tomato sauce, pasta dishes and pizza. They are delicious in scrambled eggs. Plant in well draining soil and keep near a sunny window so it has at least 4 hours of sunlight. Pinching the leaves off your plants will help keep them bushy and produce new growth.
Chamomile leaves have a sweet smell when crushed. I like to grow two types of chamomile: Roman and German. This sweet little herb needs a south-facing window with 4 hours of sunlight. Allow the soil to almost dry out between watering. Delicate daisy like flowers (especially the yellow center) can be used fresh or dried to make a calming tea. Pick the flowers when they are fully open.
Chives just need sunlight and a little water to be happy. They have grass like leaves with fluffy purple flowers and a mild onion flavor. If your plant starts looking ragged, give it a severe trim and it will come back looking perky! Snip the leaves to garnish baked potatoes, toss in vegetable salads or stir in for delicious herb butters.
Cilantro loves a warm sunny window. The seeds of the cilantro plant are known as coriander, an aromatic spice used in cakes, breads and other delicious sweets. Give cilantro a drink of water when the soil is dry to the touch. The entire plant is edible and has a very distinct flavor. This versatile herb can be chopped, cooked and eaten raw. It is often used in salsa. I love the southwestern flavor it gives my shrimp bisque.
Lavender is absolutely one of my all time favorite herbs to grow! I love its fragrant leaves and flowers. I have a pot of lavender growing in my garden window and it blooms every month. The aroma is intoxicating. Lavender requires a pot with good drainage and a sunny window. Let the soil dry out completely and water well. Don’t be afraid to cook with lavender. Harvest the flowers as they mature, they are wonderful in both sweet and savory dishes.
Sweet marjoram is part of the oregano family. Milder and sweeter than oregano, it is slow-growing and does not need as much water as other herbs. Be sure the soil is very dry before watering. Give this Mediterranean plant plenty of sunshine. Marjoram leaves have a slight citrus and minty taste which lends delicious flavor to seafood, salad dressings, and poultry.
Mint is a fun and easy herb to grow. There are over 600 varieties of mint, including apple, chocolate, lemon and basil. Peppermint and spearmint are the most common varieties and are refreshing in iced tea on a hot day. Don’t worry about keeping them in separate pots. They will happily grow in a pot together where their flavors can intermingle. Mint thrives in a sunny window and moist soil. Chocolate mint is amazing chopped up in your favorite brownie or chocolate cake recipe.
Parsley comes in two varieties, curly leaf and flat leaf. The curly leaf is most commonly used as a garnish but you decide which one is your favorite. Allow parsley to dry out between watering. I pinch the flower stalks as soon as I see them so the plant lasts longer. Once the plant flowers it will die. Don’t be afraid to munch of a sprig of parsley after eating. It contains chlorophyll which is a great breath freshener!
Were you able to choose a herb to grow? It is so hard for me to choose just one! Growing herbs are a fun and happy addiction! I would love to hear what your favorite herbs are. Drop me a comment below.
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