Did you know that you can grow herbs and other edible plants inside year-round? Plants can thrive in the mild temperatures found indoors. They’re also protected from bad weather, pests, and plant-eating animals when they’re grown inside.
This is the first blog of a series about how to grow your own food indoors. Growing your own food can help you:
We’re focusing on really easy plants first: herbs! Great for adding flavor to any meal, herbs are low commitment plants to grow inside. Using herbs instead of salt can also help reduce your sodium intake without giving up taste.
A popular and tasty herb you can grow is basil. Placing a basil plant in your kitchen windowsill will mean you always have fresh basil for your sauces, pasta, sandwiches, and more. Check out this great recipe for green beans with tomatoes and basil.
Learn more about growing plants indoors here. Having trouble growing your indoor plants? This resource can help. You can also bring your questions and photos of the plants you’re concerned about to your nearest Extension office. They’d love to help!
Written by Taylor Newman, Ph.D. Candidate | Edited by Laurel Sanville, MS, RDN, LD
Original photo sources:
Thyme on the windowsill: Taylor Newman
Cost comparison: Kroger and Taylor Newman
Thyme and basil with cat: Taylor Newman