Herbs that Grow Well Indoors

If you want to flavor your food in a fresh, healthy way but you don't have a yard (or room in your yard) for an outdoor herb garden, try growing your own indoor one.

All you need for an indoor herb garden are containers with a drainage hole at the bottom, some decent soil, a window sill and a few small herb plants or seedlings that grow well indoors.

Sun-Loving Herbs

If you have a south-facing window, these herbs will do well there.

Basil does exceptionally well in warm, sunny windows. Cut off any flowering tops to encourage leaf production. The Genovese variety is excellent for cooking; toss fresh basil in at the end of the cooking process.

Chives give a mild onion flavor to foods and should be added at the end of cooking. The compact Grolau variety is a good choice for containers.

Oregano, like basil, does exceptionally well on sunny sills. Greek oregano has a scrumptious flavor, and Italian is a delicious marjoram-oregano cross blend. The flowers are edible and can be added to soups, roasted veggies and baked potatoes.

Rosemary has pungent leaves that are good for flavoring roasted vegetables, meat and baked goods. Blue Boy is a compact variety that does well in containers.

Sage requires a sunny south vista. The best potted variety is the compact Berggarten.

Tarragon leaves, when mature, flavor well through long cooking processes, such as simmering stews, and are great for enhancing vinegar.

Herbs that Require Less Sun

Parsley grows best in sunny windows but will do well enough facing east or west. Toss parsley in at the end of cooking to perk up food flavors. Flat-leafed parsley is best for cooking; curly parsley makes a pretty garnish.

Thyme, like parsley, prefers a south view but will grow well facing east or west. Thyme is wonderful with vegetables and meats as well as in oils. Upright, English and French thyme have the best flavor; variegated types grow well in containers.

Chervil grows well indoors since it likes low light with room temps of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bay is a perennial that thrives in containers and enjoys east- or west-facing windows. Avoid crowding bay plants as they need space for good air circulation.

Sources: Mother Earth Living and Organic Life
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