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Try Indoor Herb Gardening

At this time of year, many of us enjoy seeing something green growing in our homes. How about trying indoor herb gardening?
Try Indoor Herb Gardening

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Parsley, chives, thyme, oregano, rosemary and basil grow well indoors and do not become very tall. Try using herbs to add flavor without sodium. Consuming less sodium is key to heart health.

You can purchase small herb plants at some greenhouses or use seed. Plant in 4-inch pots filled with well-draining potting soil. Place the pots in trays to catch excess water. Place the pots in a windowsill where the herbs get several hours of sunlight. Treat them like houseplants and water them at least twice a week or as needed. Some herb plants grow better with the use of a commercial fertilizer mixed according to package directions.

For more information about herbs, see "From Garden to Table: Harvesting Herbs for Healthy Eating."

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise February 2016 newsletter (PDF)

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