Herbs accentuate the taste of our food. I just love fresh chives on a baked potato or as a topping for potato soup.
Here is a list of the ten best herbs I consider best for growing indoors year round.
You can start basil from seeds. Place the pot in a south-facing window, as it likes lots of warmth and sun.
You can dig up this plant at the end of summer and replant in a pot. Leave the pot outdoors until the leaves die back. Move the pot to your coolest indoor spot in early winter (like your basement), and after a few days put it in your brightest window.
It’s best not to transplant cilantro from your garden, as it doesn’t transplant well. You can grow cilantro from seeds or starter plants.
You can grow mint indoors in soil or even in a bottle of water. It needs adequate drainage and likes to be a bit moist.
It is probably best to start with a cutting from an outdoor oregano plant. Once the cutting is planted in a pot, place it in a south-facing window.
You can dig up a clump of parsley from your garden at the end of the season. Parsley prefers full sun, but will grow in an east or west-facing window.
You can start your indoor pot with a rosemary cutting. Keep in a moist soil-less mix until it roots. Rosemary grows best in a south-facing window.
You can take a sage tip from an outdoor plant to start your indoor plant. Sage will tolerate dry, indoor air. It needs strong sun from a south-facing window.
A dormant period in late fall or early winter is essential for tarragon to grow indoors. Pot a mature plant from your garden and leave it outdoors until the leaves die back. Then bring it to your coolest indoor spot (like a basement) for a few days. Then place it in a south-facing window.
Thyme can be started with a soft tip cutting. Or you can dig up and pot an outdoor plant. Thyme likes fun sun but will grow in an east or west-facing window.
Not only can you cook with herbs, but fresh herbs make beautiful garnishes. They’re also packed with valuable nutrients and anti-oxidants.