Cultivate Your Green Thumb With in-Home Herb Garden

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If you’re itching for warmer weather but the forecast is refusing to cooperate, get a kick start on spring by cultivating your own indoor herb garden. Not only will you get to exercise your green thumb a couple of months early, but your cooking will taste more delicious than ever.

We’ve included tips on growing some of the most popular herbs as well as a bit of inspiration for incorporating them into your weekly menu. Happy planting!

Basil – Use basil to make your own pesto or top a homemade pizza. Plant in well-draining, nutrient rich soil, with six hours of sunlight, watering weekly, and allowing soil to dry between waterings.

Bay – This aromatic herb flavors vegetables and stews beautifully. Plant in well-draining potting mix, with eight hours of sunlight, and water it twice a week when soil feels dry.

Chives – Chives are lovely on anything from eggs to mashed potatoes. Plant in an all-purpose potting mix, with four to six hours of sunlight, and water it twice weekly when the soil surface feels dry.

Mint – Use mint to spice up summery teas and cocktails. Plant in an all-purpose potting mix, with four to six hours of sunlight, and water it when the soil surface feels dry.

Oregano – Season your next roast chicken or grilled tomatoes with oregano. Plant in a well-draining, sandy soil mix, with six to eight hours of sunlight, and water it weekly when the soil surface feels dry.

Parsley – Parsley can add dimension to homemade dips and sauces. Plant in an all-purpose potting mix, with six hours of sunlight, and water twice a week when the soil feels dry.

Rosemary – Season your next roast or homemade rolls with this delicious herb. Plant in a well-draining sandy soil mix, with six hours of sunlight, and allow the top few inches of soil to dry between waterings.

Thyme – Toss some thyme in with roasted mushrooms or in a citrusy cake. Plant in well-draining sandy soil mix, give six hours of sunlight, and allow the top inch of soil to dry between waterings.

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