Spice Up Your Winter with Homegrown Herbs

BasilWinter’s the perfect time to break out those new recipes you’ve been wanting to try. After all, nothing’s more cozy that a warm kitchen filled with delicious aromas. Whether you’re mastering your Great British Bake-Off skills or exploring cuisine from around the world, homegrown herbs make a delicious difference in boosting the flavor of your culinary creations.

Many herbs grow well indoors, but most herbs need a good amount of light. South-facing windows typically provide the brightest light during winter days, but be careful: windows also may be drafty, chilling warm weather-loving plants like basil. If lack of light is an issue inside, try adding full-spectrum grow lights. Many low-cost options are available that add ample light for indoor growing.

When choosing plants for your indoor herb garden, pick the ones you use most frequently and that taste best fresh. Just-picked fresh basil tastes far better than dried basil from the grocery store.

Because some herbs prefer drier soil, like oregano, thyme, and rosemary that hail from the Mediterranean, while others, like basil, need consistent moisture, plant herbs in individual pots or group herbs with like needs together in containers. For fabulous flavor and fragrance, try adding basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, cilantro, parsley, and mint to your indoor herb garden. Enjoy a boost of aromatherapy each time you walk by—just rub the leaves to release the fragrance.

You’ll adore the flavor of freshly harvested herbs during bleak winter days. Delicious, fragrant, and definitely mood-boosting!

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