I love thyme. And rosemary. Oh and sage. The bright scent of fresh cut herbs is heavenly. Any meal cooked with fresh herbs is bound to be flavorful - especially cold-weather comfort foods. With winter weather already showing up across the country, growing organic herbs indoors is a great way to get your gardening fix. It can also be a great place to start if you’ve never grown anything before. An indoor herb garden can be as simple as a few small pots on a sunny window sill. The important thing is to select the herbs that you will use most often. My three favorite herbs to have on hand in the winter are rosemary, thyme, and chives. They’re versatile and hardy and all you need to create amazing dishes. Here are some gardening tips and recipes for each herb.
Rosemary grows best in an area with a lot of sun and good air circulation. As with all plants in containers, it is important to have proper drainage to keep the soil moist but not oversaturated. Rosemary is a wonderful compliment to grilled meats, roasted vegetables and is delicious baked in breads. These Garlic Rosemary Dinner Rolls sound perfect for the holidays.
Chives are so easy to grow and you only need trim them back to keep them from toppling over. Chives can be used in every meal – think chives and cheese added to scrambled eggs, a baked potato or pasta. These Mascarpone Chive Mashed Potatoes are definitely worthy of a special occasion!
Thyme has a number of varieties (French thyme, lemon thyme) and you can’t go wrong with any of them. It grows fast and should be pruned often. I use thyme in many savory dishes, stews and sauces. This roast turkey recipe with Pear Chestnut Stuffing uses both fresh thyme and sage.
I live in a mild climate that allows me to have an outdoor herb garden year round, but no matter where you live you can grow fresh herbs. This year I am going to make a tiered herb container garden like this one I saw in Sunset. How do you grow your herbs?
Photos by ccharmon (Rosemary and Thyme)