herbs growing on a windowsill

Herbs are a delicious way to add flavor to your food. Most are also easy to grow, so they make a great addition to your indoor kitchen garden. One of the best things about growing your own herbs is that you can have them on hand to use in your cooking, fresh and tasty. Herbs add a delicious seasoning and pop of taste to your dishes. And, herbs are easy to grow — even if you don’t have a lot of space.

Plus, tending to a kitchen garden can actually be good for your mental health, according to Healthline. That just adds another reason why you should have herbs growing in your kitchen. There is just something special about being able to cut your own herbs from home rather than buying them from a grocery store. There is a wide variety of herbs that grow wonderfully inside. We are sharing the top five with you.

Chives

fresh bunches of chives

Chives are a hardy, onion-like herb that is popular for its crunchy texture and fresh taste. They are one of the simplest herbs to grow, making them a great choice for novice gardeners. Chives grow well in most soil types and can be easily propagated by dividing their clumps. The herb can be used fresh in salads, soups, and other dishes or dried for later use.

Chives are a perennial herb that will grow back every year. It is like a tasty gift that keeps on giving. According to Bon Appetit, the lovely lavender-colored blossoms that the chive plants produce can be thrown into a salad for a tasty treat.

They do well in moist soil and should receive full sun or partial shade. Chives can be started from seeds, or they can be planted using a bulb, similar to an onion. How To Culinary Herb Garden shares that the two most popular varieties to grow inside are garlic chives and onion chives.

Basil

fresh basil growing in pots

Basil is a key ingredient in Italian cooking and is used to bring out the flavor of tomatoes in dishes like pizza and pasta. It can also be made into pesto, a sauce made with basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.

Basil is easy to grow and can be planted in the ground or in pots. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil. To plant it in a pot for your kitchen garden, use a pot that is at least 8 inches deep and fill it with soil that has been mixed with compost or manure. Water well and place the pot in full sun.

Basil can be harvested throughout the growing season. Growing Basil suggests that a basil plant gets at least six hours of sun a day. Basil is a versatile herb that can be added to many dishes. Its sweet flavor is a perfect complement to tomatoes, onions, and garlic.

Parsley

Italian parsley on chopping board

Parsley is a popular leafy green herb that is often used as a garnish. There are two types of parsley: curly parsley and flat-leaf parsley. Curly parsley has a more delicate flavor and is best used for garnishing dishes. Flat-leaf parsley has a stronger flavor and is better suited for use in recipes.

Parsley can be grown indoors in moist soil. You can either use seeds to start it or take a clump of it inside and re-pot it. Herbs At Home says that a type of window container garden would be a great choice for growing this tasty herb.

If you are growing parsley, you will need to provide the plant with plenty of sunlight. Parsley needs lots of water, so make sure to keep the soil moderately moist at all times.

Parsley tastes delicious when added to salads, soups, chicken, beef, and many more dishes and is often used as a garnish at restaurants.

Thyme

fresh thyme growing in container

Thyme is a fragrant, evergreen herb that grows in green clumps. The leaves are small and thin, with a green color. Thyme is easy to grow and makes a great addition to any garden. There are many different varieties of thyme, each with its own unique flavor.

It is also a perennial herb that tastes delicious fresh, or dry. It’s great in salads and soups. It is easy to grow in a pot on the windowsill. It needs full sun and well-drained soil. The Kitchen Herbs says that it is very easy to plant thyme from seeds, and you can expect to see a mature plant at around 10 to 12 weeks. Harvest the leaves as needed.

Thyme is also fragrant, making your kitchen smell wonderful. It is also a popular herb for use in teas. According to WebMD, thyme has some anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as being rich in other vitamins.

Mint

A bunch of mint leaves

Mint is a perennial herb that is easy to grow in the garden. Mint plants are fragrant and make a tasty addition to cocktails and desserts. Plant mint in full sun or partial shade. You can keep mint in a pot on your kitchen windowsill or plant it in your garden. Mint is a perennial so it will come back year after year.

Mint grows well in moist soil but can also tolerate dry soil, so it’s a forgiving choice. To grow mint, plant mint seeds in the garden or transplant young plants from containers. However, it is a very fast-growing herb that can take over quite quickly if you let it, so it’s important to cut it back every so often in order to keep the plant looking nice and bushy. Mint is also wonderful in tea and can even help settle the stomach and calm anxiety, according to Mount Sinai.