We all value fresh ingredients. After all, that is often something we end up asking about when at restaurants. Fresh ingredients are simply better. Their flavors are more potent and their content is more nutritious. It does sometimes feel out of our reach to get the freshest ingredients possible. Many of us live in urban environments and simply don’t have the ground in which to grow thing. Furthermore, the sometimes questionable air quality of the outdoors in a city often makes one wonder if eating anything grown outside would be a good idea anyway. Indoor container gardening is a relatively simple solution we can all try though. Starting with herbs is a good option as many of them tend to be hardy and can help one learn the basics of container gardening. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the best herb choices to try indoors both because of the hardiness and their potential versatility when it comes to using them.
Almost every kind of mint is both incredibly hearty and hard to kill. That makes them an excellent set of options for people beginning to throw together an herb container garden. Peppermint and spearmint are two of the most common kinds to grow. The leaves can be added to various things for that extra kick of fresh flavor that can be hard to come by. You might be surprised at how potent even a single leaf can be from this plants and as a result you’ll want to carefully judge how much you use at a time. The good news is that mints frequently enjoy shade and damp soil. As a result, it is hard to water them too much and difficulty getting direct sunlight won’t be a problem. The main consideration to keep in mind is the fact that mint’s hearty growth pattern means that it should be grown in its own container or it will quickly overrun any other herbs you’re growing it with in the same container.
These are another good and hearty option to grow inside. Much like mint, chives do not actually require an excess of sunlight to grow effectively. This allows them to better cope with an indoor environment where placement may be less than ideal. Additionally, chives, while not as prolific as mint, still grow in abundance once the plant has properly taken root. The good news is that chives tend to grow in a defined clump-like pattern. As a result, they are not as prone to killing other herbs planted within the same container. You will likely want to find out the growth pattern before planting other herbs though. This hearty herb is also better able to ignore accidents such as over watering them, but they aren’t as fond of damp soil as mint. Chives can make an excellent addition to salads as well as being a lovely complementary flavor in many recipes. This combined with their hardiness makes them an excellent early choice for indoor herb gardens.
Most of us are familiar with parsley in cuisine. It turns up as a garnish as often as it ends up being included in a meal itself. That makes it an incredibly suitable herb to try to grow in a container garden whether you intend to use it for presentation or for cooking. What makes it even better is that, like our other plant selections, it can survive just fine with less than direct sunlight. The main issue is getting a viable plant. Growing parsley from seeds is a difficult task and as a result it might be best to get a plant someone has already grown to avoid that frustration. Additionally, parsley tends to be slow growing when compared to our other selections. That means you’ll need to be mindful of this and not take many cuttings from the plant until it is fully established. Keeping this in mind will ensure you eventually have a healthy, full grown plant that you can get cuttings from relatively often without endangering its overall health.
Growing an indoor herb garden can be an excellent way to improve your diet and offer you various ways to improve the quality of your means. The trick is ensuring you stick with easy to maintain herbs with fewer dependencies on light levels when you’re starting out. This will let you learn how to care for such a garden over time and improve your skills so that you can expand to other herbs and perhaps certain vegetables later on. Until then, the extra dash of flavor from fresh herbs will certainly make your meals all the more inviting.