Try growing one of these 10 best herb varieties any time of the year. Have access to herbs that will enhance your meals even in the dead of winter. You can grow these 10 herbs on a window sill in your kitchen or a sunny spot in your home.
Guest Post by Emily Taylor
10 Best Herbs to Grow Year Round
Different herbs grow in different seasons, so we have to wait all year to get our favorite herb to add to our meal. The wait is now over as we have compiled you a list of herbs which you can grow all year around. You can get your favorite herb even when the snow is pushing through your window.
You don't need any special room or equipment to grow these herbs but you can use an Indoor herb growing kit. A bright window will do just fine. We will also tell you how to propagate herbs so you can grow them all year long.
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This is regarded as the perfect addition to all meals such as pasta sauces, seafood, lamb, etc. it isn't necessary to grow rosemary outdoors as you can plant it indoors as well. Try to find a window with a strong southern light and place the plant there. The fragrance of rosemary is the best fit for any food. You don't need to wait for summer to plant it and it will grow all year long.
We all know the importance of basil in our lives as it is the perfect added flavor to any meal. The taste of basil is mesmerizing, and you can easily plant it in the comfort of your home. Plant the seeds in a pot and place the pot facing the southern window. Basil requires a lot of sun so make sure that it gets adequate sunlight.
Oregano is from the Mediterranean region, and it is believed to require a sunny, warm and dry climate to grow. This herb can also be grown indoors, and it is regarded as the best friend of tomato sauces and soups. Rather than purchasing it from the market again and again, you can grow it yourself and have it whenever you want.
Just a few leaves of parsley can do wonders for your soup and pasta dishes and give you the perfect flavor. You can plant it indoors but make sure that your pot is at least 6 inches deep as parsley tend to grow deep into the roots and re-pot if you find it necessary.
To plant sage, you will need a tip that has been cut off from an outdoor plant. A Sage plant can do well indoors, but it does require strong sunlight so make sure to place it towards a south-facing window. Sage is used as the best flavoring for poultry, pork, and sausages. Ensure that the soil is not over flooded with water as sage grows best when it's dry.
Thyme has a very subtle aroma and is a little minty in flavor. It is very easy to grow it indoors, just make sure it is in direct sunlight and not too wet and you are good to go. You can add the flavor of thyme in your poultry, fish, and soups and grow it all year long.
This is also known as coriander and is the most popular herb in Mexican and Asian cuisine. It has a very different flavor and exhibits the scent of a lemon. It is used for flavoring meals as well as garnishing. The leaves of this herb are known as cilantro, and the seeds are known as coriander. You can plant this herb indoors along with anise and dill which will give support to its weak stems.
Lavender is a treasure to your herb garden. It exhibits a wonderful scent and also has healing properties vested in it. You can add it to any of your favorite meals and feel very fresh after consumption. Ensure that the lavender plant gets at least 3-4 hours of sunlight each day. You can plant it indoors but consider moving it outdoors as it can get tall to 2 feet and can outgrow your windowsill.
This is a type of a perennial herb which can be best planted using the container gardening method. Place the plant towards the east or west facing windows and you are done. Don't plant too many plants near it as it requires air circulation to thrive.
This is a perennial herb and is the part of the onion family. To plant chives, you need to dig up the seeds from your garden and replant them into a pot. Place the pot outside and wait until the leaves die back. When winter arrives, you can move the pot indoors and plant it near your brightest window.
Benefits of Growing Herbs at Home
Growing these herbs is not a lot of work, and you can enjoy the benefits all year long. You can also try composting with worms for better results. You don't need to wait for different seasons to grow herbs and can do it in the comfort of your home and backyard. The major benefits of fresh herbs are:
- They provide us with necessary vitamins and minerals and also serve as antioxidants.
- They are healthier compared to market bought dried herbs.
- Growing herbs in your home can save you a lot of money, and you won't need to purchase them again and again as they would readily available with you whenever you need them.
- You don't need a full-fledged garden to plant your herbs as many of them can be planted indoors too. They will not take up any extra space and can be planted in your windowsill.
- You can grow them all year long and will not have to wait for the specific season. When snow arrives in winter, you can shift the plant indoors, and you are good to go.
Fresh herbs can do wonders for your health and also give you extra flavor for your meals making it tasty and enjoyable.
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I find growing herbs so fascinating! Thanks for this list!
Cait Weingartner says
These are great choices for an herb garden. Herbs are easy to grow from seed, and one of the few plants I've had success with!
The only one of these that I don't like is cilantro, but I would love to grow all the rest of them!
It's funny how some people really don't like Cilantro! Good look growing !
You have listed some of the most loved herbs dear, I have always wanted to grow them, will try it out soon 😀
Amanda | Maple Alps says
This is great! I need this! I not only love using fresh herbs, I love the feel they create in my space! I'm saving this post for sure! Thank you!
Thank you for this great list of essential herbs, it makes so much sense to grow them at home!
I will be moving soon and this is something i've always wanted to give a try. I'd love to grow my own herbs, specially cilantro and basil as i use them often. will have to bookmark your page for the coming months! So exciting!
Gillian Kent says
I have such a battle with basil. Its best fresh. I love growing fresh herbs.
The battle is worth it! Pesto with fresh basil is the best!
First of all, hey I live in Washington too! second, of all, I love this space you've created, and I'll def. be back to keep up.
now on to your post:
I too have grown most of these (save bay, cilantro, and thyme) and I have the worst luck with basil! do you have any tips for this one? I kill them every single time!
Lots of sun! Basil is an annual so you will have to bring it inside no matter what each winter or it will die. Good luck!