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Grow Your Own Herbs

posted Oct 7, 2016, 9:00 AM by   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 8:17 AM by Tracy Ducker, MS, RDN ]
This October we’re celebrating eating local and seasonal foods and what better way to do that than growing your own herbs? Herbs are a great way to add flavor to any dish without adding too much salt! (Check out our seasoning infographics on Italian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and Thai foods)

Most herbs are great starter plants because they tend to be relatively hardy and grow well even if you forget to water them once in a while or if you’re short on a super sunny spot. You can grow herbs from seed or you can purchase them ready-to-go at many grocery stores or garden centers. A bright window, potting soil (if you’re starting from seed) and some water once in a while is all you need!

To make it even more fun, make your herbs part of the décor by sprucing up their pots (think used cans painted in nice bright colors). If you don’t have a bright sunny window but still want your herbs to thrive, a container with built-in plant lights like Aero Garden, Stack-n-Grow Light System, or Click & Grow Smart Herb Garden Starter Kit, among others might be a great choice!

Herbs that thrive indoors and that you can grow year-round include basil, bay, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. For more options and details on how to best care for them click here.  For a seasonal fall recipe, featuring your homegrown herbs, try our Roasted Root Vegetables with Fresh Herbs

With a little bit of time at first, and some care, you can not only save a lot of money in the long run, but have fresh herbs for all your meals!

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