5 Essential Herbs You Can Easily Grow Indoors

The cost of groceries continues to rise, and the types of meals we can cook reduces, as the ingredients end up just out of our reach. Herbs being one of this kind are needed only a few times, and purchasing a large handful always becomes a waste.

For many growing herbs can be an excellent introduction of how to grow vegetables. So if you are in your golden years and you wish for an easy hobby, and one that will give you plenty of fresh herbs and save you some of your hard earned cash, read on.

Lemongrass

Okay, this is not included in the 5 essential herbs. Call this a freebie from nature as Lemongrass does not require any soil to grow. All you have to do is by a stalk from the local market, and make sure it has plenty of stems, and the base is intact.

Trim the top and place this in a couple of inches of water. The stalk then produces quite a few roots and a lot of new shoots.

Mint

This you need to grow separate from any other herbs you are growing. Both peppermint and spearmint take hold like weeds and can grow quicker than you can eat it. To grow this, any small container is ideal (peppermint the better option). Fill with potting soil and sow seeds rather than a cutting. This can thrive in partial shade, so any windowsill is a great place to grow this.

Chives

These are one of the easiest you can grow. These also do not require much light and produce an abundance of edibles. This does grow better from an established plant so pull up a small bunch of intact roots and place in a pot half filled with potting soil.

Cover the roots up to the crowns of the plant with more soil and once they take hold, just keep snipping a third off the top and they will keep growing.

Parsley

This is one herb you can make the most use of as it can be added to many recipes. Parsley can be slow to get going, so it might take a couple of weeks for your seeds to germinate and you can see any results.

This unlike chives does grow slow so the first few clippings you can take will be quite small. The saving grace for parsley is it requires very little attention once it gets going. Average amounts of sunlight and watering and that is about all you need.

Basil

This is easy to grow but likes soil that drains well, so your potting soil should not be compacted. It does like quite a bit of sun, so if you have a south-facing window, this is the one to place it. The more sun, the better so if you have an area that catches 6 hours and above, that is ideal.

Once it has started to grow, you can snip away without harming the plant. This is one of the best all-around herbs you can have on hand as it blends with so many foods.

Rosemary

This can be a little trickier to grow, yet that is not to say it is difficult. The hardest part is it has to be propagated from an existing plant that has had recent growth. Once you have passed this stage, you have a delicate balancing act between light and watering.

It does need 6 hours of sun per day, so if you do not have a spot that can give that much, it might mean picking another or supplementing its growing with artificial light.

By choosing an upright variety, your plants will remain upright and more compact. These are ideal for indoor growing.

All of these herbs can be grown in containers of any size and many locations. No matter if you live in a condo or apartment or even have a small patio sized space you can grow these plus many others.

Any pots or containers can be used as long as they are deep enough to give the roots space to grow.

Old milk containers, window boxes even old cans can be used. All you need is to make sure none or over watered and the containers have a way to drain.

A small plate or plastic tray can catch any water that runs through the drainage holes so your windowsill won’t become covered in water. Once you have grown your herbs and did wish to tackle vegetables, the principles are pretty much the same.

Use larger containers that drain well and plant away. Check out your garden center next time you are there for vegetable seeds that grow well in containers. You might be surprised, and you can knock your grocery bill in half.

 

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