When you place it by a sunny window make sure there’s enough light coming in and turn the plants every few days. Otherwise, your kitchen herbs are constantly trying to reach for sun light and will look long and “leggy”.
Not the result you want.
If you live in the north, prepare on purchasing grow lights during the winter months for your kitchen herb gardening plan. This will provide the necessary 6 – 8 hours of light is required for optimal growth. It also, provides extra warmth so you have “happy” herbs.
Some basic herbs for growing an indoor herb garden are ones that require little maintenance, added fragrance, and some additional medicinal qualities to benefit everyone.
• Basil, Ocimum basilicum - Bushy, small potted plants would work best, but any variety will work. You’ll be snipping here and there as the plant grows. You can grow this herb as a micro green too.
• Bacopa, Bacopa monniera - This amazing herb is used to boost mental clarity and memory. Easy to grow indoors and add to your herb garden
• Chia, Salvia hispanica - A super grain and what the Aztecs called the “running food”. Omega 3’s, calcium, fiber, iron, vitamin C, and potassium what an amazing energy food and it grow like grass.
Remember those “Chia” pets, like that, but this species is what you would use to add to cereals or baked goods. Breakfast, anyone!
• Chives, Allium - This kitchen herb is easy to grow. The best variety is “Grolau Chives” from Ritchers catalog in Canada. Specifically, bred for the kitchen herb garden with a windowsill.
• Garlic, Allium species - Low maintenance, easy to grow with little water and sun light. Good for circulation, antibiotic virus protection, and blood pressure reducer.
• Geraniums, Pelargonium species - Add flowers to salads or infuse leaves to add as a flavoring or finely chop scented leaves to add additional flavor to baking dishes.
• Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia (L. officinalis or L. spica) - One of the most beautiful herbs with a sweet, tranquil fragrance enjoyed by many. A must have for an indoor herb garden with lots of sun.
• Mints, Mentha - Any low growing, creeping mint would be a great cooks addition to any plate calling for a little freshness.
• Parsley, Petroselinum crispum - Slow to grow from seed, but be patient you’ll be greatly rewarded with this culinary herb.
• Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis - What can I say? This kitchen herb aids in digestion, inflammation, circulation, aching joints, and rheumatic pains. Keep indoors year round if you prefer. I do!
• Sage Salvia officinalis - Not only an excellent herb plant to cook with, but enjoy the medicinal properties all in one. What an herb!
• Savory, Satureja - Summer savory and creeping savory can be grown indoors. Good with beans and jelly for grape juice.
• Tarragon, Artemisia dracunculus - Excellent culinary herb and easy to grow indoors. The French tarragon has a subtle flavor and is highly recommended than the Russian variety.
• Thyme, Thymus species - Ah…if we only had more Thyme! What an enjoyable plant to add to your indoor kitchen herb garden.
• Verbena, Lemon Aloysia triphylla - Although, it grows pretty tall it can still be part of your kitchen herb garden with a large shared herb planter pot.
So, as you can read there are a lot of different herbs to add to your kitchen herb garden. These herbs are easy to start, plant, grow, and care for with some extra light if there’s not enough sun light and a little water during the cold, winter months. It’s nice to be able to bring a little bit of nature indoors and right at your fingertips when you’re cooking in the kitchen.
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