As someone who grew up living in an apartment in Manhattan, it never occurred to me that gardening would one day become somewhat of my “thing.” Turns out I love it. I love plants, indoor and outdoor, and I find that plants are especially fun when you can eat them too! We have lived in our house for almost 4 years now (crazy!) and each year we have been building up our herb garden.
What started off with basil, parsley and oregano has now expanded to mint, cilantro, lavender, thyme and various veggies that we have experimented with over the years. The ability to pick your own home-grown herbs and toss them directly into whatever you are making for dinner is such an amazing one. The freshness cannot be beat! Not to mention, it is sustainable, and since we do not add any pesticides or other chemicals, we know exactly what is going into our food (nothing) along with the herbs!
Herbs are generally pretty easy to care for, and the good news is that you can grow them even if you do not have an outdoor space! As a matter of fact, we have a small container of organic basil growing on our kitchen window sill which has been thriving, so no reason you cannot do the same. Additionally, herbs are super inexpensive to buy as plants, so for a dollar or two, you can potentially have herbs for a number of months.
In addition to food, herbs can serve many other purposes as well. I love making teas – one of my favorites from our garden is a combo of pineapple mint, and lemon thyme. All you have to do is chop some up, put into a tea steeper and let it sit in hot water for a few minutes. Experimenting with different combinations is always fun. Herbs such as lavender can be wonderful for aromatherapy as well.
My challenge to you is to go out the next opportunity you have and buy yourself a fresh herb to plant, or more, depending on what you have room for. You will never experience the same scent and taste as a freshly picked herb, and maybe it will lead to something bigger!