Keep these on a nearby windowsill to up your dinner-making game.
Add that just-picked taste to your meals—even when snow is drifting up against the kitchen window—by growing herbs indoors all year long.
You won’t even need special lights because these herbs fare just fine in a bright window.
The 7 Plants That Purify Indoor Air are a great addition to any windowsill—just like the following plants are a great addition to your plate.
Mint – body cleanser, stimulates weight loss and digestion, anti-cancer, antibacterial, and whitens teeth
Ginger – stimulates digestion and cardiovascular health, anti-inflammatory, prevents cold and flu
Lemon balm – antibacterial, prevents colds and fevers, anti-anxiety, fights insomnia and indigestion,
Parsley – antibacterial, stimulates digestion, anti-inflammatory, stops bladder infection
Basil– Start basil from seeds and place the pots in a south-facing window—it likes lots of sun and warmth.
The growing of mint at home is extremely easy, you can grow them a pot of soil or even in a bottle of water. If you are a beginner, find a container with adequate drainage for healthy plant growth. As mint likes regular water, water it well after planting and place it in an area with indirect light.
You can harvest mint leaves at any size by pinching off stems. For a large harvest, wait until just before the plant blooms, when the flavor is most intense, and then cut the whole plant to just above the first or second set of leaves. During this, remove the yellowing lower leaves and promote bushier growth. Three such harvests per season are typical for mint.
Ginger is ideal for indoor planting, as it doesn’t tolerate frost, direct sun or strong winds. To grow it indoors, you need a sheltered spot, filtered sunlight, warm weather, humidity, and rich, moist soil.
The easiest way to get started growing ginger root is to get a few fresh rhizomes of someone who does grow ginger, in early spring, when the plant re-shoots anyway.
Then, plant the rhizome (or root) a few inches deep in a mix of compost and potting soil. It is vital to keep it from chilly drafts, such as open doors or windows. Mist the plant in order to maintain humidity level.
You should probably wait for 10 months, as the best harvest time is when the leaves have died down.
You can start one of The Absolute Easiest Herbs To Grow Indoors from seeds or dig up a clump from your garden at the end of the season. Parsley likes full sun—but will grow slowly in an east- or west-facing window.
Lemon balm is not much dependent on sunlight, but it can grow well with only 5 hours of direct sunlight a day. This herb needs a steady supply of water, about three times a week, but good drainage is a must.
The plant recovers quickly from a wilt, so you should avoid making it too wet, which will encourage root rot.
Never remove more than about 25% of the plant’s leaves at any one time in harvest time.
If you have enough light, basil is one of the easier herbs to grow indoors. This herb is a true sun-lover, give it four hours of light a day, and it will thrive. Plant it in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Also, make sure pots provide adequate drainage, as it is not water-tolerant.