The Easiest Herbs to Grow Indoors

Growing your own herbs is a great, inexpensive way to add flavor to your diet and fresh aromas to your home. And even though the days of outdoor gardening are on hold until spring, there are still many herbs you can easily grow indoors without using expensive lamps or heaters.

Whether you're planning on adding them to your favorite recipe, as a natural freshener or as décor, here are a few of the easiest herbs you can grow indoors and enjoy until the snow melts.

Parsley

Due to its temperature sensitivity, this Italian herb is known to produce better indoors. Although it's slow growing, parsley doesn't require as much sunlight as other herbs. Parsley should receive 4-6 hours of sunlight and be watered daily. It can also flourish for months in a room temperature setting long after its outer leaves are cut, leaving you with the perfect garnish.

Mint

Give your home a light and airy aroma by keeping mint herbs like peppermint or spearmint around your kitchen. Both of these herbs tend to grow abundantly and quickly, but keep in mind they can also smother other roots of nearby plants, so make sure mint is planted separately.  Mint's fast growth pattern requires frequent harvesting and can fare well with little sunlight.
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Basil

A traditional meal favorite, basil is one of the most common indoor herbs. Available in many varieties, basil is very sensitive to over watering, so it's best to keep soil from getting soggy. This herb also needs exposure to sufficient sunlight, along with the occasional addition of an indoor fertilizer to help maintain its health and growth throughout the year.  

Oregano

Oregano is a drought-resistant, low-maintenance perennial herb that can grow up to 12 inches tall with dry soil. This herb tends to grow best in an environment that receives direct sunlight. To keep oregano wide and bushy, remove the leaves often to encourage new growth. With the proper care, oregano can continue to grow for up to two years.

Rosemary

While rosemary can grow up to 48" tall outdoors, you can still grow this fragrant and decorative herb indoors. To keep it at a more manageable indoor height, grow rosemary in a small pot that allows drainage. Rosemary also grows best with direct sunlight and moderate watering, since it is a drought-resistant herb, and should be harvested frequently.