Tips for Growing a Windowsill Herb Garden
What to Plant
Mint | Basil | Chives | Rosemary | Thyme
How to Use & Harvest
Mint is one of the easiest herbs to grow. Harvest just before the plant blooms, by cutting stems 4 in. above soil, then hang stems upside down to dry. Mint makes a delicious tea and is known to settle your stomach. Keep mint in it’s own container! It has a tendency to take over.
You can never have enough basil. Pick leaves from the top of the plant down and never cut into the woody part of the stem. Use the fresh leaves to make a caprese salad or your own pesto. Bonus: basil acts as an insect repellent.
Chives are very easy to grow. Pick the leaves at any point, you can use the flowers too. Chives add a subtle onion flavor, and color, to any spring dish! Try sprinkling on top of a creamy vegetable soup or scrambled eggs.
Add a sprig of fresh rosemary to your cocktail, like a rosemary gimlet or a glass of champagne. You can harvest rosemary leaves at any point. Fun fact: In Ancient Greece, students once wore garlands of rosemary in their hair, as they believed it strengthened memory.
Harvest thyme leaves in the morning, when leaves are not in bloom. Thyme is an extremely versatile herb, known for it’s antiseptic qualities. It’s also one of our favorite to cook with;
try making thyme biscuits.
Planting & Persevering
All the herbs above need lots of sunlight. You can grow most herbs in pots together as long as you remember two rules: avoid mixing those that like plenty of water (such as mint, basil, and chives) with those that like a dryer soil (such as rosemary and thyme). Don’t store herbs in the refrigerator, the cold air damages the leaves and reduces their flavor. Try preserving herbs by freezing or by making herbal oil.