Grow Herbs At Home In Your Avalon Apartment
Indoor gardening is not only a fun pastime to relax and savor nature’s goodness indoors, it’s also a much tastier and safer alternative to purchasing herbs at your local supermarket. Not that there’s anything wrong with going that route, but isn’t it great to know exactly what is being used to grow your herbs without pesticides and unfamiliar or harsh chemicals? Isn’t it a harmonious feeling to pick a few leaves off a plant and sprinkle it right onto your plate? No longer will your herbs wither away waiting to be used in your refrigerator.
With just a little patience and some tender loving care, you can have a row of several herbs growing in your own Avalon Bloomingdale apartment in no time. The aromatherapy you’ll receive from caring for your plants is unlike any other. The satisfaction of knowing something you’ve cared for is blooming right in your kitchen simply can’t be beat. Here are just some of the herbs you can grow in your indoors this season.
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These grass-like leaves grow very quickly in a small pot in a very sunny area. As a member of the onion family, its flavor resembles that of a mild, sweeter scallion. They’re a great addition to several hearty dishes such as mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs and even cheddar biscuits.
As one of the most popular indoor plants, basil is tasty and easy to grow indoors or outdoors. Sprigs of basil will root in water on a kitchen window, and you may grow plants from seeds or cuttings. Basil is essential to pesto and a good tomato sauce, plus it tastes great fresh in a tomato balsamic mozzarella salad or cooked in a pasta dish.
You might find your rosemary bush to resemble a small Christmas tree, but don’t let its Christmas-like features fool you. Rosemary is great for aromatherapy and pairs amazingly with hearty autumn dishes such as potatoes, red meat and slow cooked meals. Just remember to add it at the end – overcooking fresh herbs can make them bitter.
Thyme is another highly sought after house plant used to season meats, vegetables, and works beautifully as a great addition to marinades. This aromatic herb pairs well with just about anything and grows easily.
A must have for any indoor garden! Mint pairs well with desserts or just to chew on in replacement of gum. Pluck a few leaves and pour yourself a mint julep or mojito to bring back a taste of summer during the cool fall or winter months.
Chevril is a French herb that resembles tarragon in flavor, but parsley in its appearance. This herb tends to grow very quickly, so be prepared to use it regularly. It goes great sprinkled on salmon, eggs, glazed carrots and risotto.
Plant individual cloves in small pots of soil on a sunny windowsill. In a few weeks, you’ll have garlic shoots for clipping and using in dishes in replacement of chives (the same can be done with shallots). Roast the cloves for an even more flavorful experience.
What are some of your favorite herbs to grow indoors? Let us know in the comments below!