There’s still plenty of scope to be green-fingered through the winter months by growing indoor herbs. Of course, nothing beats the flavour of fresh herbs in just about any savoury recipe. There’s no need for any special kit, and indoor herbs work in even the most compact of apartments – all you need is a sunny windowsill.
Take a quick look at these top tips for keeping your indoor herbs happy and healthy:
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Bay is a perennial that grows well in containers all year long. It’s super easy to look after - just place your plant in a bright window and be sure it does not get crowded—bay needs air circulation to remain healthy. Use bay in all sorts of dishes, from curries to classic French cookery. It’s also one of the main ingredients of a bouquet garni.
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This beautifully delicate herb is surprisingly resilient. If you have grown chives in your garden, dig them up and leave the pot outside until the leaves die back. In the early winter months, move the pot to your coolest indoor spot for a few days, and then finally to your brightest window where they’ll re grow. With a mild garlic taste, chives will brighten up many savoury dishes.
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Parsley does thrive best in full sun, but it will continue to grow slowly in a bright window over winter. Along with its status as a culinary big hitter, parsley has a number of health benefits - it’s a great source of antioxidants. Top tip: use a generous helping of fresh parsley to make a tangy and moreish salsa verde.
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This beautifully fragrant herb is so easy to grow. Take a cutting from an existing plant and keep it in a moist soil-less mix (kitchen towel is great for this) until it roots, and then pot it. Like parsley, rosemary is full of antioxidants and is known for its medicinal along with culinary uses.
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Autumn is the ideal time to start chervil plants from seed. This herb grows in areas with low light but needs pretty warm conditions to thrive. With a slight aniseed taste, it’s great in spice mixes, as well as soups and salads. Chervil is said to be a cure for hiccups and is a great digestive aid.
So get potting these plants and put that extra zing in your cooking this winter.