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Who said you can’t harvest all year-round? It might not be in your garden outside but we will make it work on your kitchen window sill. There are plenty of herbs to keep your green thumb in shape as we finish out winter. Herbs can spice up your cooking and bring soups, veggies, and roasts to the next level. Below are our top 10 herbs you can grow year-round indoors.
We can already smell it! Who doesn’t love some fresh basil on their pasta or pizza? You should start basil from their seeds and plant them into a pot in a south-facing window. This herb loves extra light and warmth. You should continue to keep this herb’s soil moist but not soaking. Try pinching the tops of the plant frequently to encourage more growth.
Mint is a great herb to add to any flavorful cocktail. This herb thrives indoors and will need a pot with solid drainage to keep growing. Although this herb requires patience, mint does not need a ton of sunlight. Try placing your mint in a place where it can receive indirect sunlight.
Parsley is a no-brainer when it comes to choosing what herbs to harvest. It goes great with any type of cooking like rice, fish, steak, or even potatoes. You can start growing parsley either from their seeds or a clump from your garden at the end of the season. Put this herb in direct sunlight for the best results.
Dill is an herb that comes in handy if you’re into pickling. Add it to salmon or your favorite greek recipe. You’ll need a deep container for dill to thrive because of how long its taproot is. The planter should have proper drainage and you’ll want to avoid overwatering. Be sure to keep it away from any drafty windows as well.
Oregano can be tossed in any dressings, or even used while making pasta dishes. This herb is versatile and adds a lot of flavor to any dish. Start by using a smaller pot. Because this herb is drought resistant, the soil can dry out without harming the plant. With that being said, you should water it regularly. Place in a window with a lot of sunlight.
Chives can be used for your soups, salads, or even on top of a baked potato. Chives thrive off of sunlight but can also do really well if moved around. Putting it in the coolest indoor spot for a few days and then moving it to the brightest window promotes more growth for this oniony herb.
You’ll love this herb on your meats, eggs, and even in salad dressings. Since this herb’s dormant period is late fall and early winter- growing it indoors is essential. A little more high maintenance than the others, this herb likes liquid fertilizer and as much sun as possible.
Rosemary is a great herb to add to your salts or butter. This Mediterranean plant enjoys well-drained soil, hot temperatures, and humid air. Choose a pot that has drainage holes and is large enough to accommodate your plant. Adding gravel to the bottom of the pot will also help its roots stay dry.
Thyme is best used when dried out. After you have dried out your thyme, you can add it to soups, dressings, or infuse it in honey or vinegar. Thyme is a big fan of high sunlight and likes east- or west-facing windows. You should keep your soil moist and harvest springs as needed.
A part of the mint family, sage is the signature flavor at most Thanksgivings. To grow sage, start with a small container with plenty of drainage holes. Cactus soil actually works best for sage. Your plant should be getting about 6 hours of sun per day for ultimate growth.
Now that you have a better understanding of which herbs will thrive indoors all year-round, it’s time to get growin’. Growing herbs in your kitchen can be a great hobby throughout the year and add to your cooking skills. Have you planted herbs indoors before? We want to know which herb is your favorite. Comment your answers below. If you can’t stop thinking about spring and would like to start planning your outdoors (like us :)), please get in touch and one of our experts will get back to you!