Some folks cook by the book, and some cooks shoot from the hip. A couple of pots of herbs on a windowsill can supply you with an easy pinch of this or that and add color and aroma to your kitchen.
All you need to grow herbs is a sunny window; southeast exposure is ideal. No windows? Place your pots under a grow light. Four-inch pots of herbs are available at nurseries and in many grocery stores. You may re-pot the plant into a slightly bigger vessel when ready—make sure it has a hole for water drainage. No need to set up irrigation, just keep an eye that they don't dry out. Also make sure there is protection under the pot to prevent water damage. If you are an aspiring gardener living in an apartment and you have a DIY knack, check out windowfarms.org for more challenging ideas.
Herbs that are easy to grow indoors include Chives, Parsley, Thyme, and Vietnamese Coriander. Mint grows like a weed and comes in an assortment of mintnesses, from lemon to spearmint. How about a tree? Citrus, including lemon, Blood Orange, and Kaffir Lime are well suited to growing on terraces or indoors in large pots; Bay Leaf trees are also good. Sage and Oregano like full sun; Rosemary likes it a little dry and roomy; Basil and Cilantro like a lot of sun and space. To thrive, some herbs will do better outdoors. If you are inspired to plant some windowsill herbs, they might not be ready to harvest just yet. So this week our TakeHome boxes include a bundle of fresh Rosemary.
- Heidi Lewis