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Using ingredients fresh from the garden is one of the best things about the warmer time of the year. That being said, you can have fresh herbs year round by having a few potted plants in your kitchen. Here are five that are fairly easy to grow and maintain while packing a lot of flavor and aroma.
Basil: Basil is relatively easy to grow indoors. It prefers loose soil that drains easily, which you may need to purchase, but other than that it’ll be a breeze. Basil grows best in a South-facing window that will provide a lot of warmth and sunlight. To get the best results basil will need at least 6 hours of light daily, so supplementing with artificial light can be beneficial. The basil can be cut and used at any time, and trimming it won’t damage the plant. For an herb used as much as basil, having your own supply right in the kitchen will definitely come in handy. For specifics on how to grow your basil inside, check out this article.
Oregano: With enough light, growing oregano inside can be fairly easy. Place pots near a window that gets a lot of sun, especially during the morning. It will need watered regularly, but don’t oversaturate it. Like basil, it likes soil that can drain easy. This herb allows for a fair margin of error, making it great for beginners. It also yields well, providing you with plenty of fresh and aromatic leaves. To learn how to grow oregano inside, check out this article.
Rosemary: From an easy indoor herb, to a much trickier one. If done right this indoor herb will be extremely rewarding, but rosemary can be a bit of a handful. To grow rosemary inside you will need to propagate from a healthy plant with recent growth. Once planted, the balancing act between moisture and light begins. If done right, you will have a better chance of yielding a great and fragrant herb. There are some other key things to worry about and care after when it comes to rosemary, for specifics read more here.
Thyme: As much as it pains me, I promise not to make a joke this thyme. So close. But, aside from being a pun-worthy herb, thyme is a great plant to have in the kitchen. Instead of soil, using a mixture of sand, potting soil, peat moss and perlite will do that job. This mixture should go in a, you guessed it, pot that drains well. This durable plant will withstand a lot of conditions, but make sure to water regularly. Check this article out to learn more about growing thyme.
Parsley: Parsley will do well in a lot of the same conditions that basil thrives in. Keep the soil moist and allow for the soil to drain. It needs a good amount of sun, but you can supplement with fluorescent lighting if necessary. Rotate to pot to prevent the plant from leaning towards the sun and you’re all set. Well, there's a little bit more to it than that, but not much.