HERB INDOOR GARDENING
Indoor gardening is an excellent way to have fresh herbs year around. I got my start with potted herbs from my daughter’s outdoor wedding. What a delight it is to have a variety of fresh cut herbs for cooking during the winter months!
In the sunny window, there is a selection of basil, mint, thyme, oregano and sage to add flavor and vitality to my favorite recipes. They also are great looking house plants.
Make sure you have enough sunlight so leaves will be thick and large. When plants are deprived of adequate light, the leaves will be thinner and small. Give the plants adequate water and attention for big rewards.
Another great way to have an indoor herb garden is under a grow light. Many types of lights, tray and kits are available to the gardener. Fresh herbs grown indoors gives you access to herbs at a significantly lower price.
There are many uses for herbs such as culinary, medicinal and teas just to name a few. Herbs adds that extra sparkle to foods and teas beyond the telling.
Herbs that are fresh picked can be minced and used in sauces, salads, marinades. They can be dried or frozen for future use. Dried herbs are great as sachets, candles or potpourris for home of gift giving.
Ways to use larger leaves from basil, sorrel, mint or sorrel as wraps. Fill the middle of the leaf with fish, bean, meat or other filler for appetizers.
Teas may be from a single or combination of herbs to your liking. Try them hot or iced for a refreshing and relaxing beverage made from peppermint, lemon balm or chamomile or your favorite flavor combinations.
I have made lemon lavender cupcakes with lavender icing for a delightful treat! Lavender is also wonderful when added to your bath water.
Herbs have been used by the Romans and Greeks for medicinal purposes. The Galens had writings of garlic as a cure-all. It is known for antibacterial, anti fungal, antiparasitic as well as antiviral. Roman soldiers used Tarragon for preventing fatigue while marching. Borage is high in calcium and potassium and can be used to treat bruises and swelling.
The uses of herbs is quite vast and intriguing. Herbal uses and advice have been passed down through the generations, since time began. Indoor hobby of herb gardening leaves the imagination at your finger tips.