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Published on November 25th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin

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13 Herbs to Easily Grow Indoors this Winter

We’ve reached the winter & the end of the year, and you’ve most likely had the moment where you looked around and realized all the gorgeous leaves are gone and the trees are bare. We’ve got a ways to go until spring and gardening season, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice having fresh herbs on hand to cook with. Whip up an indoor herb garden in just a few hours and you’re ready to go, and we’ve got thirteen of the most easy-to-grow herbs right here for you that will do perfectly indoors in the winter.

 

1. Sweet basil – started from seed or plants transplanted from your outdoor garden. The sweet basil leaves are a delicious addition to any tomato dish, soups and stews, vinegars, or as a garnishment.

2. Chives – endless uses for chives, the most popular use being in salads and dips.

3. Parsley – easy to grow and useful in salads, soups, chicken dishes, and for garnishment.

4. Sage – what would our Thanksgiving turkey stuffing be like without sage?! Bland, that’s what. Sage is an easy to grow herb that likes it’s soil to be drier than most herbs for optimal growth. Sage will also spice up your chicken dressing and some like sage tea.

5. Thyme – also likes dry soil and thyme will need to be kept pinched or cut back to force branching. Thyme is good used is stuffing, soups, meat and fish sauces.

6. Tarragon – easy to grow, great for use in sauces for meat and fish, salads and vinegars.

7. Summer Savory –  keep plant clipped for compactness. Good for use in meat loaf, salads and for a tea.

8. Rosemary – Used in pasta dishes with tomato based sauces, sprinkled on garlic bread, sprinkled over a roasting pork loin or roasting beef, fresh rosemary will enhance the flavor for any of these dishes.

9. Mint – easy to grow, but does like a little shade instead of full, direct sunlight. Mint is a lively addition to iced tea or dessert garnishment.

10. Dill – fresh dill sprinkled on hot boiled potatoes will liven up an otherwise ordinary dish. Fresh dill is also good in salads and dips.

11. Coriander – use the coriander leaves to season and garnish anything.

12. Lemon Balm – keep plant cut back for a tidy looking plant. Lemon balm is used in teas, egg dishes and vinegars.

13. Chervil – another herb plant that likes a little shade. This fresh herb is used in egg dishes, soups and salads.

 

 

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