It’s been a while since we’ve made it into our gardens and we’re missing our green fingers. We should all aim to bring a little bit more green into our homes every winter by growing our own herbs inside – it can be an incredibly satisfying process.
They require very little space and take your cooking to a whole new level, so what reason is there not to grow them? Most suited to your kitchen window or a sunny work surface, herbs are incredibly low maintenance and require very little watering once established. They’re also the perfect way to add greenery into your home all year round, and they smell great too.
Herbs can be incorporated into any meal and are bursting with flavour and goodness. They can also have more disease-fighting antioxidants than a lot of fruits and vegetables – so don’t underestimate them! Their many brimming health benefits are attributed to their anti-inflammatory properties which have been known to prevent certain types of cancer and can even uplift your mood.
Here are our top 3 indoor potting techniques bringing your herbs into your home, to keep them cosy for the winter. There is nothing wrong with replanting herbs that are already established in your garden.
1. The Mason Jar
2. The Tea Tin
3. The Wine Bottle
Our Top Winter Herbs:
Sage: Sage is a staple ingredient that can be added to many winter meals and works as a great digestive aid. As sage is available in any number of colours from traditional grey-green to deep purple-blues, it can work wonderfully in a variety of dishes. It is a slightly bitter herb that can withstand long cooking times without losing its flavour making it delicious with winter classics catered for all the family. Serve it with your Sunday roast, whether it is chicken or pork to bring out the best of the meat’s flavours, or add to stews, hot pots and casseroles. Sage works beautifully with citrus fruits so make a stunning grapefruit, orange or lemon dressing with finely chopped sage
Rosemary: Rosemary is a robust and versatile herb. When chopped with garlic and pepper it makes a fast, flavourful rub for your roast lamb or beef. Its bittersweet green leaves are native to the Mediterranean and make for a wonderful infused olive oil; a perfect, simple salad dressing. Rosemary reduces inflammation and is an anti-oxidant, so is a great addition to your diet. It is as easy as sprinkling rosemary on top of your soups or roasted vegetables.
Parsley: Parsley is a reliable source of delicious flavour and works beautifully in delicious salads or homemade hummus to stave off your winter blues. No kitchen should be without this multi-purpose herb! There are two main varieties of parsley; curly leaf and flat leaf. Flat leaf parsley tends to have a slightly stronger flavour, but both are relatively mild. Parsley can also be used with eggs, fish and pasta.
Thyme: Thyme is available in many regional varieties such as mint and lemon. Thyme has one of the stronger flavours so bare that in mind when deciding how much to use. It can be used to spice up cheese and soups; a simple garnish but is also a staple in a homemade tomato sauce. Thyme may help soothe a sore throat or persistent cough and works wonderfully as a muscle relaxant.