13 Fresh Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Window

13 Fresh Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Window

1. Peppermint

Peppermint has a fresh aromatic scent and is a common herb to grow in the kitchen. It loves humidity, so keep the soil moist and well-drained. Peppermint is a fast-growing plant; once it sprouts, it spreads very quickly. Peppermint has a sharper flavor that is almost spicy due to its high menthol content.

Peppermint leaves are often used in teas. Peppermint is used for flavouring ice cream, candy, fruit preserves. 


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2. Spearmint

Spearmint also known as garden mint, common mint. Spearmint can readily adapt to grow in various types of soil. Spearmint tends to thrive with plenty of organic material in full sun to part shade.

Spearmint is an ingredient in several mixed drinks, such as the mojito and teas.


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2. Oregano

Oregano thrives well in partial sunlight. Oregano doesn't like over-watering. It prefers the well-draining soil between watering.

This plant is a common food seasoning. You can find oregano in many foods including meat, salads, bread, pizza.


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3. Indian borage

Indian borage is a fast-growing plant commonly grown in gardens and indoors in pots. The herb grows easily in a well-drained, semi-shaded position. 

The leaves are strongly flavored. The herb is used as a substitute for oregano to mask the strong odors.

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4. Dill

Dill is a plant that grows best in bright sun. It needs fertile soil. It is easy to propagate from seed. This herb is useful for adding flavour to cucumber salad, as garnish, yogurt dip. Dill has a strong flavour.


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5. Basil

Basil is a fresh, aromatic plant with green leaves. You should water basil regularly, at least once every week.

Basil is used to adding fresh flavor to sauces and garnish on top of Pizza, soups, and salads. Fresh leaves can add aromatic fragrance to your dishes.


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6. Cilantro

Cilantro is a fresh leafy herb that likes bright light. The plant needs ample sunshine and good drainage to grow properly. It is a short-lived herb.

Cilantro looks like Parsley. Cilantro has a metallic scent and soapy flavor. Cilantro is perfect garnish for Indian dishes.


7. Parsley

It prefers partial and indirect sunlight and fertile well draining soils.

Parsley is perfect as garnish and makes a delicious meal. Fresh leaves give the best flavor. Don't start harvesting parsley before it has more than 10 leaves.

8. Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle need well-draining soil and rich soil. They can be used for cooking, beverages, and as insect repellents. They don't tolerate dry conditions.

They can add fresh flavor to soups, sauces, pizzas, and salads.

Stinging Nettle

9. Chives

Chives is a full sun herb. It will grow well in moist, well draining soil. You can add compost or soil nutrients when it is slow growing. The harvest time depends on the plant size. The chive plants will produce new leaves if you harvest them.


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10. Sage

Sage is a full sunny herb. Sage enjoys rich soils, so you should provide a potting mix containing organic material. Also, it grows massively in well draining soil. Sage likes regular waterings but not wet soils.

This herb has a distinctive taste for flavoring food.


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11. Thyme

Thyme loves the full sun and can grow well under a heated atmosphere. Thyme herb needs well-draining soil.

Thyme has strong aroma. To harvest the foliage regularly, ensure that this plant does not bloom.


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12. Rosemary

Rosemary is a hardy perennial shrub that grows best in full sun and needs little water during hot summer months. To keep your rosemary healthy, prune back old growth every year. You may also divide your plant annually in spring. 

This plant usually gives a fresh taste to food.


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13. Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is an evergreen plant. It grows best in rich and well-drained soils. This herb loves the bright indirect sunlight to the full sunlight.

It has a sweet scent and an aroma similar to lemons. It also helps to keep insects away. 

Lemon Balm

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Happy Gardening!

Dr. Vandana K.