Have you ever thought of fruits, herbs or even vegetables as ornamental plants?
Do you like using fresh herbs when you cook?
I do. But, I don’t like buying herbs from the store because they can be expensive and often aren’t very fresh looking.
|Purple basil and chives|
A window that faces south is best, but east facing will also work. West facing windows may be too hot in if you live in the desert, but you can experiment with it.
It’s important to note that herbs grown indoors won’t look as compact or lush as those grown outdoors, which is due to the fact that they don’t get as much sun indoors.
It’s best to avoid terra-cotta pots, which can dry out – especially during the winter when the air in our homes can be dry from heating.
Avoid using potting soil, which is not formulated for containers and can become soggy.
Another way to grow certain herbs is to start them from cuttings.
I ran out to the garden to grab two types of basil and some apple mint to show you how to do this.
Basil and mint are both easy to start from cuttings.
Remove the leaves from the bottom as shown, above. Place the cuttings in a glass of water so that most of the stem is submerged in water, but take care that no leaves are in the water.
Place in a window with bright, indirect sun. Change the water every other day and watch for roots to develop. Once roots have grown 1/2 – 1 inch, transplant each cutting into a container filled with potting mix and your are done!
I told you it was easy.
I recently made herbs salts from my herbs, which is fun and easy to do. The flavor that they add to food is just delicious!
Click the links below to learn how to make:
For more information on how to grow herbs and how to preserve them, click on the following links:
Preserve Herbs By Freezing Them Into Ice Cubes
Preserve Herbs By Drying Them
Do you grow your own herbs?
Did you know that you can preserve them by freezing them?
If someone asked you what your favorite food was, what would you tell them?
**You can also freeze herbs into ice cubes using olive oil instead of water, if desired.
I recently re-planted my herb container for the cool-season.
I highly recommend planting your own herb container. It is very easy and so fun to be able to harvest your own herbs!