Best Herbs for Growing Indoors

The best herds for growing indoors  are those that require similar soil and light conditions but also provide a variety of uses as well.

Chives: (Allium schoenoprasum) is a member of the onion, leek and garlic family of plants. Chives grow best in full sunlight and in moist soil and can get as tall as 20 inches, requiring frequent cutting.  As an herb Chives are used on baked potatoes, in soups and in egg dishes.  Chives may aid digestion and help lower blood pressure.

Sweet Basil:  (Ocimum basilicum)   is a part of the mint family. Best grown from seeds, Basil prefers full light and warmth. It can get to twenty inches tall as well and will also have to be trimmed frequently.  Basil is one of the basic herbs of Italian food and is used in sauces and soups.

Thyme: (Thymus vulgaris) is related to basil and is also a member of the mint family. Thyme can be grown from seed or cuttings.  Thyme can be used with fish and meats. Tea made from thyme help relieve the symptoms of colds and the flu. Honey from bees that feed on thyme is considered a rare delicacy. Thyme is also known to be an insect repellant.

Rosemary: (Rosemaryinus officinalis) is best grown from cuttings; the seeds will grow, but are a much slower at the start than the cuttings.  Preferring semi-dry soil, misting is the best way to water the plants.  Rosemary also prefers full sunlight. Rosemary can be used to season oils and vinegar as well as in bird stuffing and hearty stews.

French Tarragon: (Artemisia dracunculus) is best grown from root cuttings.  It also prefers semi dry soil and full sunlight. Best used in salads, soups and omelets.

Parsley: (Petroselinum crispum) grows best from seeds, prefers moist, well drained soil and full sunlight.  Used as a garnish, parsley is great in fresh salads and with most meat soups and stews.

Marjoram: (Majorana hortensis) grows well from either seeds or cuttings. It prefers direct sunlight and moist, well-drained soil. Used in place of oregano to avoid any possible bitter taste, it is great in most Italian sauces, salads and also makes a medicinal tea.

Sage: (Salvia officinalis) grows well from either seeds or cuttings and prefers soil and light conditions similar to Parsley and Marjoram.  Sage is used in meat and fowl rubs as well as stuffing and in egg dishes.  Sage also makes a nice tea to treat sore throats and other cold symptoms.


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