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10 May 2021 | 4 min read

7 Easy Herbs To Grow At Home

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Growing your own food has its own charm. Not only is it highly satiating to be self-sustainable, but you also end up with produce that is organic, fresh, healthy and tasty. If you’re just starting, jumping to veggies and fruit may be too much.

We suggest starting with something small and building up. So we’ve put together a list of indoor herbs plants you can grow  even if you’re an amateur.

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1. Thyme

Thyme is one of the easiest kitchen herbs to grow. They do well in small pots. Soil selection is one of the most important decisions you will be making when it comes to this herb plant. Choose a sandy mixture and well-draining soiling) and make sure the pot also has a good drainage system. Thyme isn’t too demanding when it comes to water, and you’re better off under-watering than over-watering. Wait till the soil is completely dry and then bring out your watering can.

The one tricky part about thyme- it needs plenty of sunlight so place it in a spot that receives a lot of natural sunlight. Alternatively, you can also invest in a plant grow light.

Thyme can grow up to 12 inches, and you can use its fragrant leaves in salad dressings, sauces and marinades.

2. Sage

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Sage can be used all year round as even its dry leaves can be used in seasonings and teas.

Sage does best in full sun but doesn’t need the temperature to be very high. It isn’t too fussy about soil as long as it’s a well-draining variety. It also needs sun and a breeze to dry off its leaves to prevent them from rotting. Sage can grow up to two feet tall and three feet wide, making sure you trim it regularly. Sage works well with poultry and other meat and is a beautiful addition to your indoor herb garden.

3. Rosemary

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Rosemary is one of the best kitchen herbs to grow at home, not just for culinary purposes but also because it serves as a natural air freshener.

It is easiest to grow this herb from a cutting (you can get seeds, but it will be a prolonged process). It does well in a loamy, well-drained soil – to replicate the Mediterranean climate it thrives in. It needs a lot of sunlight, so it’s best to keep potted rosemary in a bright sunny spot. It does not require a lot of water; you can wait till the top layer of soil is dry to water it.

You can use your fresh rosemary in meat dishes, potatoes and even baked good such as cookies.

4. Parsley

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Parsley can be grown from seeds or from a cutting, and it’s quite easy to deal with, either way. Take a pot and fill it with moist, well-drained soil and start your journey with this herb plant.

Parley blooms in spring and comes in two variants: Curly leaved (this one’s more bitter) and flat-leaved (prevalent in Italian cuisine) and does well in sunny areas. Partial shade is okay but make sure your parsley plant gets plenty of natural light too.

Most used as a garnish, this herb can also be used to make fresh sauces and salads.

5. Oregano

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Part of the mint family, oregano is a commonly used herb in Italian, Mexican and Middle Easter cuisines.

The easiest way to grow oregano in your indoor herb garden is via a cutting. It needs a lot of sunshine so placing it on a window sill that gets a direct hit of morning sun is ideal. Use an airy, light and fast-draining soil to grow it and water it once in a while (when you notice that the soil is dried). If you want to experiment with various varieties of oregano, it may be a better idea to pick up some seeds.

6. Basil

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Basil thrives in heat and bright light, so find the hottest, brightest spot or this herb in your house – it needs at least four uninterrupted hours of light.

Basil needs a loose, well-drained potting mix. As compared to the other herb plants on this list, basil needs relatively more water. Be ready to spray it with some the minute you see the sapling wilt even a little.

The leaves can elevate most dishes with their eclectic flavour. The simplest way to use basil is in a Caprese salad. You can also add it to tomato-based dishes or simply use it as a garnish for pasta and meats.

7. Mint

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There is little more satisfying than plucking a fresh sprig of mint and adding it to your homemade cocktail.

The herb likes sun but will also grow in partial shade. It doesn’t need a tonne of water, but it’s a good idea to keep the soil (choose a well-drained, rich soil) moist at all times. Prevent the plant from flowering by trimming it regularly.

Get those pots and spades out, and start your indoor herb garden right away!

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