Top Herbs to Grow Indoors
Remember the smell of your parents’ cooking? Remember that amazing aroma from your favorite home cooked dish? We can all immediately recall that one thing we always wished we could have at more family dinners. If it wasn’t for the magic of herbs, you would never have known the joy of such a magnificent dish!
Herbs are a great source of fresh, homegrown flavor to spice up any dish. Most herbs are fun and easy to grow, and are also quite fast from seed to harvest. Certain types of cuisine rely heavily on herbs to complete or garnish their dishes, a common example in the U.S. being Italian food. Herbs also served a number of other important medicinal functions in many societies for thousands of years! What would we do without them?
Here’s a list of some popular herbs to grow in an indoor smart gardening setup!
1: Basil – Basil is likely one of the most common / popular herbs you can find. Constantly buying whole plants at stores can be pricey and unnecessary given how easily you can grow them yourself. Keep in mind however that some basil plants can grow to be very large, you can find specific varieties that might be better suited for a more compact gardening space. Basil provides amazing sweet and savory flavors to any dish, and also has Immune boosting functions!
2: Mint – Mint has an iconic fragrance that makes it hard to miss. From candy canes to gum, mint is used in everything and is an excellent breath freshener. It is easy to grow, and the plants remain small, allowing for just about anyone to cultivate it with any amount of space! Mint does best when kept in a moist root environment and receives around six hours of sunlight a day or more. Mint is also a great additive to teas, and can even combat indigestion!
3: Cilantro – A slightly more difficult herb to grow indoors, but certainly worth it. When grown outdoors Cilantro plants can reach a far greater amount of soil with their roots than with similar plants grown indoors. Because of this you need to give a bit of extra care to the indoor grown specimens. Lucky for you, Oasis can make growing cilantro a breeze with an optimized cilantro climate preset!
4: Chives – Chives are a great herb to have on hand in the kitchen. Chives require a good amount of sunlight per day, about six to eight hours’ worth and due to this you might need to use artificial lighting to give them the full amount of light required for proper growth. Chives benefit from higher humidity, which can be tuned using Oasis at any time. Chives are extremely rich in vitamin C, and a great addition to many dishes too!
5: Oregano – Oregano is a popular herb often used within the culinary world. To get the best results in cooking with oregano it is recommended you grow Greek oregano due to its sharp flavor. This plant grows best in aerated soil or other growing medium and during the summer it will bloom and produce flowers. Similarly to Basil it is best to clip the flowers off if you want to preserve the best possible flavor out of the plant. Beyond being an amazing culinary herb, oregano contains potent antioxidants that can have all kinds of amazing restorative benefits. Oregano Oil is a popular medicinal oil.
Herb gardening is a practical pastime when you put your plants to good use. Not only is it satisfying to watch your plants grow, it’s also a real pleasure to harvest them, use them, and experience the benefits of them first hand. And thanks to modern technology you can enjoy all these experiences right from the comfort of your home! Who needs to run down to the store to try and hunt for the last semi-fresh basil plant anymore now that you can walk to a room in your home and check out your Oasis?