This week we have a special guest contributor, Katie F. on behalf of Hefty®. She's here to give you some suggestions for growing herbs indoors. (photos courtesy of Violet's Buds)
Fresh herbs can be expensive to buy all the time; oftentimes, they don’t last very long either. Why not just grow herbs in your kitchen? That way you’ll always have fresh herbs whenever you need them right where you need them! Basil, cilantro, and rosemary are all popular herbs, but you could choose to grow any of your favorite herbs. Pick out multiple small pots for planting your herbs in and decide on a sunny area for where you will keep them. Now that spring is nearing, seeds should be easy to come by. Any store with a Home and Garden section will most likely have a selection of seeds for growing herbs, as well as several online seed catalogs. Following the instructions on the seed packet, add soil to the pots, plant the seeds, and make sure to water the plants often.
-Basil: Tastes great with a salad of tomatoes, mozzarella, and olive oil. Basil is also a wonderful addition to pasta.
-Rosemary: Just using rosemary with baked chicken will add a nice, subtle flavor. Sprinkle the rosemary on the chicken before baking.
-Cilantro: This herb would be just the thing to add a little flavor to homemade tacos.
-Dill: Dill is a good match for salmon because of the delicate flavor of the herb.
-Mint: Simply add a few leaves to ice cream for a pretty and flavorful garnish.
If you pick too many leaves at once, you can store them in large plastic bags with a slightly moistened paper towel in your refrigerator so that they do not dry out. The most important part of growing herbs will be to not forget to water your plants. If you can, put the pots in a spot that is not only sunny, but also very visible—it will be easier to remember to water your herbs that way. That might just be the hardest part of growing your own herb garden—remembering to always water them!