Wouldn’t it be lovely to have your own little herb garden at home so you can spruce up your next dish with a fresh sprig of thyme? What’s awesome is that you can actually have one and you can make your home look a lot better while doing it. Even if you live in an apartment, you can still grow you own herb garden indoors in almost zero space. Let us show you how.
Choose a bright spot in your kitchen. Go for the balcony or windowsill, because you generally get a lot of light there. Most herbs grow well with about four to six hours of natural light. Choose your plant pot wisely. Any container or pot with six inches or more can be used to grow herbs. Make sure they have ample drainage holes. Water requirements vary depending on the plant type, size and season. It’s usually best to start with healthy saplings instead or starting from scratch with seeds. It saves you a lot of time and is easier too. Choose color-themed pots to go with your interiors and you will have an eye-pleasing collection of fragrant potted herbs indoors.
Pretty Plants to Lighten Up Your House
Take a look at a few easy to grow indoor herbs to liven up your apartment herb garden.
Basil is best grown as a short-lived perennial herb. Basil also works as an excellent fly repellent. Once your plant starts to flower, make sure you prune the leaves to encourage new leaf growth. Holy basil, also known as tulsi, is one of the most used types of basil in India. Basil should always be had fresh. Toss it up in your salads. Did you know that heat deteriorates the flavor of basil? Always add it at the end of your cooking. Try adding chopped basil to your pizza or use the whole leaf in your soups to add flavor.
Oregano, just like basil should be used at the end of cooking. This ensures that the flavor is not lost. Fresh oregano is usually stronger than dried. Oregano can be grown from seeds, cuttings, or container plants too. You’ll get most flavor from the leaves just before flowering season. Oregano is relatively easy to grow and low maintenance. Crush up your oregano with butter, add it up to garlic bread. Now, you don’t need to pay for a plate of garlic bread at a cafe. DIY at home.
You can try growing mint from seeds, although we feel you can get better results from pre-grown plants. Mint is a big spreader, so make sure you grow it in an isolated pot or else it will take over the other herbs. Keep clipping the tips and ends, that way you encourage new growth. With this wonderful herb growing in your kitchen, you can make your very own mint sauce whenever you please. Add a few mint leaves to your summertime coolers to add that soothing minty flavor.
Parsley seeds are slow spouters, so we recommend you go with saplings. Make sure you handle the roots with care. Curly parsley is very pleasing to the eyes, though Italian parsley is the most commonly grown at home. Parsley has very easy indoor care. Make sure you drain the tray after you water the plant to ensure that the roots don’t sit in water. The best part is, you can grow other herbs in the same pot with parsley. Parsley is incredibly healthy and filled with antioxidants. Add parsley to your daily foods to add tantalizing flavors to your taste buds.
Curry leaves are one of the most used herbs in India. It adds a unique flavor and is really beneficial for health. It is especially used in South Indian cuisines, however is also used extensively in dals all over India. You can grow this plant from seeds, though it is better to buy the plant and then re-pot it at home. It’s one of the most handy herbs to have at home and really easy to maintain. If you plan on keeping your pot indoors, choose an area like the balcony which receives direct sunlight.
Coriander (dhania) is another very popular herb used in the Indian kitchen. You should grow coriander in a separate container as it requires its space. Coriander can be grown from seed. Use this everyday herb to season your food. It goes very well with pav bhaji!
There you go, we’ve told you how to grow your own herbs indoors. You can go all out with this one.