10 Herbs To Grow Inside Year-Round

Keep these on a nearby windowsill to up your dinner-making game.

April 21, 2016
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Add that just-picked taste to your meals—even when snow is drifting up against the kitchen window—by growing herbs indoors all year long. You won't even need special lights because these herbs fare just fine in a bright window. The 7 Plants That Purify Indoor Air are a great addition to any windowsill—just like the following plants are a great addition to your plate. Click through to see what we mean!

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Basil

Start basil from seeds and place the pots in a south-facing window—it likes lots of sun and warmth.

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Bay
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Bay

It's a perennial that does best using the container gardening method. Place the pot in an east- or west-facing window, but be sure it does not get crowded—bay needs air circulation to remain healthy.

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Chervil

Start chervil seeds in late summer. This herb grows well in low light but needs temperatures between 65 degrees and 70 degrees to thrive.

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Chives

Need help getting started on this plant? We've got you covered with these Hints For Growing Chives. At the end of growing season, dig up a clump of chives from your garden and replant them in a pot. Leave the pot outside until the leaves die back. In early winter, move the pot to your coolest indoor spot—like your basement—for a few days, then finally to your brightest window. 

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Oregano

Your best bet is to start with a tip that has been cut from an outdoor oregano plant. Once you've then planted that tip in a pot, place it in a south-facing window. 

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Parsley

You can start one of The Absolute Easiest Herbs To Grow Indoors from seeds or dig up a clump from your garden at the end of the season. Parsley likes full sun—but will grow slowly in an east- or west-facing window. 

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Rosemary

Start with a cutting of rosemary and keep it in a moist soilless mix until it roots. It grows best in a south-facing window. Expect your kitchen to smell fresh throughout the cooler seasons thanks to the pungent scent of this herb—it acts like a natural air freshener!

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Sage

Take a tip that has been cut from an outdoor plant to start an indoor sage plant. It tolerates dry, indoor air well—but it needs the strong sun that it will get from a south-facing window. 

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Tarragon

A dormant period in late fall or early winter is essential for tarragon to grow indoors. Pot a mature plant from your outdoor garden and leave it outside until the leaves die back. Bring it to your coolest indoor spot for a few days—then place it in a south-facing window for as much sun as possible. Feed well with a liquid organic fertilizer

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Thyme

You can start thyme indoors by either rooting a soft tip that has been cut from or by digging up and potting an outdoor plant. Thyme likes full sun but will grow in an east- or west-facing window.

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