Herb Garden Ideas: 10 Herbs You’ll Love to Grow Year-Round Indoors
Looking for some great herb garden ideas? You’re in the right spot. Especially if you’ve ever bought herbs at the grocery store. Like most of us, the answer is yes. Not only do they cost a couple of bucks for a tiny little bundle, but after a few days they wilt and turn brown. Of course, you could wrap them in a wet paper towel or buy a plastic herb keeper container, but in just a couple of days they still wilt and lose their flavor.
Not to mention the vast majority of “organic herbs” you buy at a grocery store will likely have traces of pesticides or other chemicals in them like roundup, while also having been placed in plastic casing and frozen, or frozen and put out on display, with God knows how many random hands have touched the herbs you may be purchasing and soon enough consuming.
Why not just grow your own indoor herb garden? One that you can have access to a variety of herbs at your finger tips all year-long. And the best thing is, you won’t even need any garden experience, a lot of time, or a green thumb. With ROOT, you can grow an instant green thumb and have a successful herb garden growing all the time with these helpful herb garden ideas.
Here’s some herb garden ideas and 10 herbs you can grow organically at home (or in your office):
1/ Mint – One of the most versatile and easy-to-use herbs around. Throw a sprig in your water with cucumber and lemon for a refreshing no calorie beverage, chop it up with oregano and garlic to add to your Mediterranean meatballs or layer it on a rice paper wrapper with noodles, shredded chicken and carrots to make a simple spring roll. Mint also promotes digestive health.
2/ Basil – Few things are as mouthwatering as fresh pesto. Toss a handful of basil, a couple of chopped cloves of garlic, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, some walnuts or pinenuts and a drizzle of olive oil into a blender or food processor. Smother on a piece of fresh bread or dollop on pasta for an easy meal that is divine.
3/ Oregano – No Italian meal would be complete without oregano. Simmer with canned tomatoes and garlic for a simple pasta sauce. Greek mythology believes that the sweet, spicy scent of oregano was created by the goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness. Who isn’t happy eating a delicious pizza with oregano?
4/ Parsley – Every dish looks better with a sprinkling of fresh parsley over it. Pan sautee a fillet of fish in butter and lemon and garnish with chopped parsley. Fast, easy, elegant and beautiful.
Parsley is additionally used for a variety of health issues. “Parsley has high amounts of the flavonoid known as apigenin,” explains the website Natural Alternative Remedy. “In addition to apigenin possessing remarkable anticancer properties, it’s additionally a strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.”
5/ Rosemary – One of the easiest herbs to grow, rosemary wakes up any savory dish. This is a tough, fibrous herb, so use carefully. Toss a whole sprig into a sauce to infuse it with flavor (remove before serving) or chop the leaves finely to elevate a recipe.
Rosemary has great anti inflammatory qualities and has been associated with booting one’s mood and reduces hormone levels caused by stress.
6/ Sage – Sage and chicken have been good friends for centuries. Put a few sprigs of sage into the cavity of a chicken with a halved lemon and garlic cloves to impress dinner guests. However, a favorite seasonal meal is butternut squash ravioli with browned butter and crispy sage.
Sage is also known for being a great anti inflammatory herb. It contains rosmarinic acid which is said to help arthritis and asthma.
7/ Tarragon – There are basically two types of tarragon: Russian and French. French is usually preferred because it has a stronger flavor which emulates anise and basil. It pairs well with fish, chicken, pasta and rice. Although it isn’t used much for medicinal reasons, it’s high in vitamins A and C. It also may help lower blood sugar and insulin levels which is helpful to those suffering from diabetes.
8/ Thyme – Thyme is a stronger herb, so just a dash is used in jambalayas or in meat pies.
Thyme is perfect for a plethora of medical conditions (but not recommended for those who are pregnant). Steeping the leaves for tea can help fight respiratory infections and treat dry coughs, bronchitis and laryngitis. It is renowned for its anti-fungal properties so you can soak infected, dry and cracked hands and feet into this “tea.”
9/ Cilantro – A favorite herb for both Latin and South East Asian cuisine, cilantro has a distinctive bright taste that adds freshness to many recipes. It’s considered to be a “superherb” since a small amount delivers the full daily value of vitamins A and K and is packed with vitamin C, potassium and manganese.
10/ Lavender – If you can’t vacation to the lavender fields of Provence, the next best thing is bringing this heady scent home. According to the University of Maryland, lavender “may result in improved sleep quality, more stable mood, better concentration, and reduced anxiety. In one study, people who received massage with lavender felt less anxious and more positive than those who received massage alone… Aromatherapists use lavender in inhalation therapy to treat headaches, nervous disorders, and exhaustion. Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain.”
While these herbs may not grow in your particular climate year round, you can enjoy fresh organic herbs on-demand, regardless of the season with your own indoor hydroponic garden system like ROOT. Our non-GMO seeds, organic plant food, state-of-the-art commercial grade full spectrum LED growth lights, and super space-efficient vertical garden tower that only needs one foot square of space to grow up to 12 plants can bring the benefits of an indoor herb garden into your home without the many hassles and large costs of traditional gardening.
There’s no soil to make a mess, harsh weather is not an issue and our smartphone app reminds you every couple of weeks when it is time to tend your indoor herb garden. By combing ROOT with these herb garden ideas, you’ll reap the health benefits of fresh organic herbs and improve your culinary appeal with our sleek countertop herb garden. The hardest part will be deciding which awesome herb induced recipes or herb-infused cocktails you should try first. We hope you liked these herb garden ideas and hope you’ll consider getting your own ROOT garden system to grow all your own fresh organic herbs sustainably year-round at your home too.
Are you a gardener? Please feel free to share some of your herb garden ideas with us here at ROOT.