Ben Esposito - RE/MAX Real Estate Center



Posted by Ben Esposito on 8/28/2016

Humans have used herbs to season foods for thousands of years. While the most obvious benefit to using herbs is added flavor they are also packed with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Fresh herbs are even more nutritious and flavorful than their dried out counterparts lining grocery store shelves. We may think of dried out herb to be more convenient but with a little preparation, you can have access to fresh herbs in your home year long! Here’s how to create more flavorful, healthier dishes on the cheap without stepping into the seasoning aisle at the store: Know your directions - knowing which windows are facing north, south, east, and west will set you up for success. The direction your window is facing will determine how well a plant will do there as you will have a guideline as to how much sun that window receives each day. Each plant has it’s own sunlight requirements and knowing how much sunlight is coming through each window will make it easier for you to know which plants will do best in your home. Most herb plants prefer around six hours of sunlight a day and will do well in a southern facing window. You will also want to make sure your plants stay warm and are not in a draft or if in a window, are not directly touching a windowpane. Pick your pots - Choose pots that have drain holes as most herbs will require moist, but not drenched, soil. Other than that, feel free to get creative with your potting arrangements! This is a great way to add a little decorative interest to a room, so whether you choose a uniquely shaped pot or roll up your sleeves for a little DIY paint project! Pick your plants - To create your year round supply of herbs look for plants that tout labels of “evergreen” and “hardy.” Plants to look for are chives, mint, cilantro, bay leaves, rosemary, sage, dill, parsley, and lavender. Many of these plants have the added bonus of throwing off wonderful smells so along with fresh seasonings for your cooking you will also have a natural air freshener! Keep in mind that opting for starter plants will get your indoor herb garden rolling along much more quickly than starting with seeds. Maintenance - When a plant has reached about 6 inches start to cut off around one-third the herbs every so often to use for cooking and maintain a healthy plant. If you cut off any more than one-third you will put your plant at risk of dying. To create an evenly growing plant, turn it every week or so. While starting an indoor herb garden takes a bit of time and investment to get started the benefits will far outweigh the minimal effort they require. You will not only have more flavorful herbs to season your home cooked meals with, but also plants that throw off a pleasant aroma and add more visual interest to your home!




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