Easy care herbs to grow in your kitchen
Fresh herbs can be expensive to buy and often you only need a small sprig of rosemary or handful or parsley for your dish, leaving the rest to go to waste.
Growing your own herbs at home is a great way to add flavor to your cooking and save money at the same time.
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These are my 9 favorite herbs to grow indoors:
Basil is a popular herb, particularly in Italian cuisine. It pairs well with tomatoes and can be used in pasta sauces and pesto.
Basil loves warmth and bright light, so it will grow well indoors on a kitchen windowsill.
To ensure a steady supply of Basil, plant a new batch of seeds every few weeks.
Basil can also be propagated from a cutting placed in a glass of water.
Chives are an onion-flavored herb that is popular in egg dishes and garnishes.
The individual leaves can be snipped off with scissors or the whole plant can be cut back.
Make sure to leave at least 2 inches (5 centimetres) of growth so that the plant can regrow.
3. Cilantro (Coriander)
Cilantro is a popular herb used in Asian, Mexican and Indian dishes.
It can be grown indoors from seed or seedling but it doesn’t grow well from cuttings.
The best place to grow Cilantro is in a bright spot with indirect light.
Cilantro plants only live for a few months but they re-seed easily.
Marjoram is a Mediterranean herb that is similar in taste to Oregano.
It’s usually grown as an annual when planted outdoors, but when grown indoors it can live for years.
Marjoram grows best in a sunny spot with well-drained soil and the plants can be pinched back regularly to avoid becoming too big and woody.
Mint is easy to grow indoors and it thrives in bright light.
It’s a fast growing herb and the leaves can be picked off as required.
Oregano is part of the mint family and is popular in Mexican, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine.
The stems can be snipped off and the leaves stripped to add to sauces and soups.
Oregano will grow well indoors from seeds or cuttings and prefers similar conditions to mint.
Parsley comes in curly and flat-leaf varieties and can be used in tabbouleh, pesto and salads. It’s also a popular garnish.
Individual leaves can be pinched off from the base as required.
Parsley can be grown indoors from seed or from a cutting. It likes to grow in bright light.
Rosemary is one of the best herbs to add to lamb and chicken dishes. It also pairs well with roast potatoes.
It’s easy to grow Rosemary from a cutting placed in water until roots form.
Rosemary grows well on a windowsill in the kitchen and individual sprigs can be cut as required.
Sage is an easy herb to grow indoors from cuttings or seeds.
It has a pungent flavor and only a small amount is required, otherwise it can overpower other flavors.
Sage plants grow for years and have a pleasant taste, even after flowering. 
Sage doesn’t like high humidity or constantly wet soil.
Individual leaves can be picked as required.
Tips for Growing Herbs Indoors
- Plant your herbs in pots or containers with plenty of holes in the bottom for good drainage.
- Use an organic well-draining potting mix.
- Grow each herb in a separate pot.
- Place a saucer or tray underneath your pots to protect your windowsill or kitchen bench from water damage.
- Locate your herbs on a sunny windowsill or somewhere with adequate light. Most herbs need at least six hours of light each day to grow well.
- Rotate your plants regularly to prevent them growing towards the light and give them some time outside in full sun occasionally.
Final Thoughts on Growing Herbs Indoors
Growing your own fresh herbs indoors is easy for beginner gardeners and anyone lacking a naturally green thumb.
With the right pot and a nice, sunny spot on your windowsill you’ll have plenty of herbs all year round.
I hope you’ve found this article helpful.