By Linda Ly
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of your favorite herbs in the garden. To keep them thriving through cooler days ahead, you can bring them indoors and grow them on a sunny windowsill–even if they’re not currently part of a container garden.
Gardening indoors is not only good for your cooking—as you’re more inclined to use fresh ingredients if they’re in easy reach, it’s also good for your health. Unlike the myriad of leafy greens in the market that have been bred for uniformity, pest resistance and disease resistance, herbs have remained virtually untouched by food scientists. Essentially they are wild plants, and share many of the same nutritional benefits as dandelions, purslane, nettles and other superfoods. Ounce for ounce, herbs contain more phytonutrients than even well-known “supergreens” like spinach and kale.
Herbs you may already have growing your backyard are also known for their health benefits and healing properties. From thyme and mint (which both aid in digestion) to sweet marjoram and oregano (which improve hair and skin), these plants go beyond improving the taste of your meals.
With herbs being so easy to cultivate indoors in container gardens, it makes sense to grow your own little herb patch to take advantage of these dietary benefits (not to mention the therapeutic benefits of tending to greenery as the days get shorter and drearier).
The key to creating an instant indoor container garden is potting up “plantlets” from divisions of healthy, vigorous plants you currently have. Instead of leaving them dormant—or losing them altogether when winter weather rolls around—tending to fresh herbs in small pots helps keep the doldrums away and provides plenty of clippings all season long for your favorite healthy recipes.
If you’re ready to start gardening for good health, it’s quick and easy to get started.
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Now that you’ve learned how to create an indoor herb garden, you can garden for both joy and good health—even in the cooler months.
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