The Q&A Archives: a herb grows in The Bronx

Question: I have a huge green thumb, but I love plants. I've become intrested in cooking with herbs, and I would love to learn how to plant and maintain an herb garden in my apartment. Please help!

Answer: Unfortunately most culinary herbs do better growing outside in the ground, or outdoors as summer container plants. They like the strong full sun and air circulation there. There are some that you can grow on the windowsill for at least a while, and they will certainly be more interesting to cook with than dried herbs. You could try chives, parsley and basil along with thyme, French tarragon, oregano and mint for example. Look for compact varieties so they will be less cramped when grown in a pot. Rosemary, bay trees, and scented geraniums often make good long term houseplants (and are terrific in the kitchen) if you have a sunny but cool windowsill for them in the winter -- they do not do as well in the warm and very dry air we typically experience indoors in the winter.

Here are some articles about growing herbs indoors that you may find helpful.

Experiment and see what works best for you -- bon appetit!

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