Six Herbs to Plant Indoors Before Spring

Posted On: February 1, 2016 By: David Cabrera Categories: Healthy Living, Home & Garden

There’s nothing quite like fresh herbs to sprinkle on your food and use when cooking – especially because of the many health benefits herbs offer. While spring may still be a ways off, that doesn’t stop us from growing these plants in our kitchen and other areas of our home that have natural light like windowsills.

Here are six herbs to plant indoors right now:

1) Chives

Popular for their onion-like flavor, chives compliment countless dishes and are very easy to grow, too! Even better, they only need around five hours of sunlight each day (an hour more or less won’t hurt, but don’t go beyond that), and they thrive especially well at average room temperatures.

2) Oregano

Oregano may be most famous for its use as a pizza topping.  If you’ve never made your own pizza, you should definitely find out what all the fuss is about! Oregano grows best when there’s plenty of sunlight (up to 8 hours – find a good window!), and it only needs to be watered about once a week.

Once it’s ready, oregano will produce new leaves for about two years, especially if leaves are regularly plucked to encourage newer, fresher growth. This makes oregano an excellent herb for beginners – if you’re not sure which herb to plant, make it this one.

3) Tarragon

A delicious herb with a funny name, tarragon is a perennial -when grown right, it will live for more than two years, providing a constant source of fresh flavor for your kitchen. It tends to go best with fish, chicken, and various dressings including vinegar. The average tarragon plant can grow as much as two feet high, so be sure there’s plenty of space when deciding where to plant it.

4) Thyme

When spring time does eventually roll around, you probably won’t want to stay inside all day – but what about dinner? Well, slow cookers are an excellent way of making a meal when you don’t want to spend too long on it, and the bold flavor of this herb is an excellent compliment to any meat-based dish. Thyme needs at least six hours of sun to grow properly, and careful watering during the first few weeks.  Once it’s established, though, it’s a hardy and resilient plant.

5) Rosemary

Rosemary is a slow-growing, flavorful herb that likes to stay on the dry side, making it an excellent choice if you’re looking for a plant that’s easy to grow. Like Thyme, Rosemary prefers to get at least six hours of sun, but it’s important to note that it also prefers to be slightly cooler than most other herbs. Keeping your house’s temperature around 65 degrees will help encourage the best growth (and this is well within the comfort range for the rest of your garden, too).

Want to get the best flavor from your herbs?

Consider investing in a mortar and pestle. These simple, basic tools will help you grind herbs into a fine powder that can be poured into soups, rubbed onto meat, or otherwise added to your favorite dishes. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference this can make!

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