Growing herbs on your kitchen windowsill is a practical way to bring the growing garden indoors. One benefit is that it’s easy to have fresh herbs at your fingertips to snip off and add while preparing a meal. Another is that you don’t have to worry so much about the herbs being contaminated with dirt and certainly, no neighbor dog is going to “visit” the plant while it is inside your home.
Yes indeed, indoor container gardening of herbs is very useful to any cook looking to prepare nourishing meals. I’ve selected a few to highlight for you today that are especially useful have around the kitchen.
Growing Chives Indoors
Chives are not only beautiful to have growing in the kitchen but are great to snip and add to many different dishes. Allium schoenoprasum is the botanical name and the two most common varieties are the regular chive we most all are familiar with and garlic flavored chives which I just love in salad dressings! Here’s how to start Chives from seed.
Growing Basil in your Indoor Herb Garden
Keep in mind that you need to keep a basil plant in the right size container; and know what it needs for water, drainage, and sunlight. Here’s how to grow basil from seed inside and outside.
Don’t have much yard? Don’t give up! Read
How to Grow Lavender: Keeping Lavender Indoors and Out
Have you ever seen a field of lavender growing? The color, the aroma is so overwhelmingly beautiful and, well, lavender that you’ll never forget it. The next best thing is a container garden of lavender. In How to Grow Lavender: Keeping Lavender Indoors and Out you’ll learn a lot of the ins and outs (please forgive the pun, I’m dizzy from the imaginary floral aroma!) of growing lavender in containers which can be moved outside to catch the sun and then brought back inside so that your whole house can smell like lovely lavender.
The Do’s & Don’ts of Growing Mint
I remember an elderly friend who kept a huge grouping of mint plants outside her back door. She easily broke off the fragrant leaves to drop into her tea. How smart is it to landscape with edible plants? I digress, but want to stress how great it is to plant for practical reasons as well as beauty. In The Do’s & Don’ts of Growing Mint you’ll find useful tips for growing your own perennial mint plants.
Tip: You can use dried mint leaves to make a flavored sugar
Growing Herbs Indoors
These herbs: mint, lavender, basil and chives, are ones you will use a lot when they are nearby and easy to access. Set up the right conditions for them to thrive, and you will not only find them easy to take care of – they will also produce abundant amounts of herbal goodness for you and your whole family.
Have you ever grown herbs in containers?