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Herbs You Can Grow In Your Kitchen

Blaire Benson

 Pictured: English Thyme, "Large Leaf" Italian Basil (just restocked) and Plain Italian Parsley.

Pictured: English Thyme, "Large Leaf" Italian Basil (just restocked) and Plain Italian Parsley.

Using herbs and spices while you cook creates exciting flavors and opportunities for experimenting. Growing fresh herbs in your kitchen is not only more fun, it makes them convenient to use and adds beauty to your home to boot! So, gather some clay pots and create space on a north or west-facing windowsill (for indirect light) or get creative and DIY using one of these fun ideas from Brit + Co. However you arrange the herbs, check out our favorites below and some simple tips for growing them indoors!


Oregano is often used in Italian, Greek and Spanish cooking. It needs excellent drainage and six to eight hours of bright, indirect light. Allow oregano to dry out between waterings and fertilize every two weeks.


Basil has an impressive list of nutrients in it and is used for a summer favorite: pesto! Use smaller basil varieties indoors, as the larger ones will quickly outgrow small spaces. Basil needs at least six hours of indirect light and damp, well-drained soil.


Mint is an excellent palate cleanser and promotes digestion. We love to use it in tea or a summer cocktail. All varieties of mint can grow inside. Keep moist and mist between waterings. Place in an area with bright, indirect sunlight.


Parsley is an excellent source of vitamin K and C and is often used in salads, soups and sauces. It grows best with six to eight hours of bright, indirect sun daily. Keep the soil slightly moist and fertilize every two weeks.


Thyme is often used in Italian recipes and is also a primary herb in stews and soups. It needs about six hours of daily indirect sun. It benefits from drying out between waterings and fertilizing every two weeks.