Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

Indoor Herb Garden: Whether in the City, Suburbs, or Country, You Can Create a Window Garden and Enjoy Fresh Herbs All Year Round

Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

Indoor Herb Garden: Whether in the City, Suburbs, or Country, You Can Create a Window Garden and Enjoy Fresh Herbs All Year Round

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With a sunny windowsill and the right choice of plants, you can create your own mini herb garden indoors and have a constant supply of fresh leaves to flavor your favorite dishes.

Any herb grown indoors needs to be positioned in good natural light. Some herbs, such as basil and thyme, need maximum sunlight and so do best on a south-facing windowsill. Here you could group together individual pots of basil, chives, oregano, thyme, and salad burnet for year-round snipping. Herbs such as parsley and winter savory cope well on cooler windowsills.

Many herbs are easy to grow from seed, although some are tricky to germinate, such as parsley and sage, which are best brought as young plants from a nursery or garden center (supermarket plants tend to be less robust). You can keep perennial herbs growing right through the year by watering and feeding them carefully. Annuals, such as basil, should provide leaves for picking throughout the summer and into fall. Keep them well-watered, but avoid waterlogging. For a good, bushy plant, keep snipping off the growing tips to use in dishes, and don't allow your herbs to flower.

Choose Your Culinary Herbs

Pungent herbs, such as marjoram, rosemary, thyme, and sage, can add color and flavor to marinades and dishes as they cook. Delicate flavored herbs, such as parsley and chives, impart the most flavor and fragrance when sprinkled over hot and cold dishes.

Rosemary

Strong, refreshing taste that gives flavor to meat, fish, bread, and oils.

Parsley

Delicate flavor best used uncooked as a garnish sprinkled over dishes.

Thyme

An essential ingredient in bouquets garnis, stews, and casseroles. …

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