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Have you ever wanted to start your own herb garden at home, but thought it might be too difficult? Don’t worry, you don’t need a green thumb or a huge backyard to do this. Even if you live in a small space, you can still utilize any empty windowsill space.

Herb Garden Creation
Besides encouraging you to get creative with your cooking, growing herbs indoors has a few other benefits:
  1. Growing plants adds freshness to your indoor environment due to their air purifying qualities. So if you’ve been trying to figure out how to add some feng shui to your space, definitely consider starting your own DIY herb garden.
  2. Did we mention the well-earned bragging rights associated with the phrase, “Oh yeah, I grew this rosemary myself”. It’s an easy way to impress your friends and family, guaranteed.
  3. It’ll save you money in the long run. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love saving money?
Starting your herb garden is simple. Many stores and markets carry complete kits that come with everything you need: eco-friendly planters, soil, seeds, simple instructions and sometimes even a sample packet of plant food. You can also find kits online. They include a variety of commonly used herbs that will easily germinate and harvest indoors. Here are some easy herbs you can grow indoors, and also how to use them:

Rosemary

If given the correct care, rosemary can thrive indoors. Make sure to keep it near the brightest window in your home, allowing it to receive 6-8 hours of light a day. Too much water and not enough water will negatively affect your plant, so ensure the soil is kept damp at all times, and allow for good drainage.
Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Rosemary
Rosemary is great to incorporate into your cooking during the cold winter months. For some good old fashioned soul soup, make a pot of Roasted Root Vegetable Soup with Rosemary Walnuts to help keep you warm. It also makes a great aromatic tea. (No recipe needed, just boil rosemary and water).

Parsley

Like rosemary, parsley also requires a container that has good drainage. Keep your parsley plant in a bright window, making sure to add 1-2 inches of water to your plant each week. When you’re ready to pick the parsley, clip the leaves off the outside stems of the plant first, allowing growth to regenerate from the middle of the plant.
Walnut Tabbouleh

Parsley not only makes a great garnish for your meals, but also adds bold flavor to your dishes. For a delicious and savory snack, try dunking veggies in Walnut Parsley Dip. Middle Eastern-inspired Walnut Tabouleh combines parsley, mint, and toasted walnuts to create a fragrant side dish with a flawless combination of textures.

Mint

Mint is a simple plant to grow indoors at any time of the year. Although it requires less direct sunlight than parsley and rosemary, keep your mint plant in a bright, sunny room, with roughly 4-6 hours of indirect sunlight a day. To ensure optimal growing, keep your plant moist. Not too dry, not too wet.

Walnut, Fennel and Mint Toasts

Mint might just be one of the most versatile herbs that can be homegrown. The leaves can be used to make tea or to embellish drinks and desserts (hello mint ice cream!). If you’re heading to a potluck or looking to entertain guests, these Walnut, Fennel and Mint Toasts are sure to please and impress.

Once you master these three herbs, feel free to dip your toes into the world of herb growing! There are many other commonly used herbs that can be grown indoors: chives, basil, oregano, cilantro, thyme, sage – the possibilities are endless!

And, your tastebuds will thank you!

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