Best Indoor Herbs to Grow Year-Round

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Herbs are a beginner gardener’s dream. They’re durable, smell great, and give you tasty ingredients used for cooking. But you don’t need a big backyard garden in order to cultivate these useful plants.

All herbs need is adequate sunlight and warmth to grow. Get some high-quality indoor potting soil and, of course, a pot, and you’ll have tasty herbs all year round.

Also, make sure the plants don’t touch a cold window pane and be sure to drain and excess water.

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Basil

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Plant basil seeds in a pot and make sure it gets plenty of sunlight and warmth. Basil usually isn’t cooked with a dish as the cooking can destroy its flavor. It’s best to add it in last minute.

Rosemary

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The key to growing rosemary indoors is to make sure it has good drainage, as it can rot if the soil is too soggy. You should plant rosemary as a bud from a nursery or garden store, or try to grow roots from a cutting, but it is difficult to grow from a seed.

Chives

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Chives are considered one of the “fine herbs” of French cuisine. To plant them indoors, make sure the soil is moistened, but not dripping with water. Plant the seeds about a quarter inch deep and cover with a thin layer of moist soil. Make sure it gets six to eight hours of sunlight.

Cilantro

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Cilantro is also known as coriander, of which you can make tasty dried seeds, but the flavor is very different than the leaves. Some people taste a citrus-y taste and others say cilantro tastes like soap, but you can use it to spice up any dish. Plant cilantro from seeds. Don’t over-water it, and make sure it gets plenty of light.

Thyme

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Thyme is great to add to chicken, fish, or soups. It’s minty taste makes a great addition to many dishes. You can plant thyme by propagating a leaf-tip cutting, or by taking a plant from outdoors and potting it.

Sage

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Sage grows more slowly indoors than out. Make sure the pot is well drained by frequently checking the saucer. To plant, you can take a cutting about three inches long from the tip of the stem and apply a rooting hormone to the exposed tip.

Parsley

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Parsley you can plant from seeds or a cutting. It goes particularly well with pasta dishes or soup. Be sure to choose a pot that is at least six inches deep and make sure it gets lots of sun.

Oregano

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Source: Pantrygardenherbs.com

Oregano can be planted from seeds or cuttings. It adds a lot of flavor to sauces and soups.

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