There are tons of benefits to growing your own produce. It’s much cheaper to grow fresh veggies and herbs than to buy them at the grocery store or the farmers’ market. It’s also great to know you always have fresh produce on hand at home. You’ll be inspired to use what you grow, so you’ll eat cleaner and healthier. Who needs takeout when you can make dinner using the ingredients in your own backyard? Plus, gardening is fun! And it’s not as difficult as you might think. Whether you live in a house or an apartment, gets lots of light or very little, you can find something you can grow on your own. Here are 15 veggies and herbs you can easily grow at home.
You can grow basil in your garden or indoors on a windowsill. Just make sure it gets plenty of sun! You can add basil to anything: salad, pasta, meat, fish, or smoothie. We love a good Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Panini or Cannelloni with Basil Tomato Sauce.
It’s almost impossible to kill mint. It doesn’t need a lot of light, and it just keeps growing, and growing, and growing. Harvest some to make a refreshing Honey Mint Fruit Salad or a smoothing Ginger Mint Detox Herbal Tea.
Thyme is nice around the edges of your garden. It’s also nice in soups, with roasted veggies, and with fish. Our Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Fresh Thyme is richly flavorful.
Cilantro is a low-maintenance herb that you can grow on a windowsill. It doesn’t need much water, so be careful not to over-water, or it will wilt. Add cilantro to guacamole, tacos, or try Cilantro-Lime Grilled Sweet Potatoes or Grilled Chipotle Chicken & Cauliflower “Rice”.
Chives have a wonderful oniony flavor, which makes them a great addition to soups and salads. You can grow chives in pots or in the ground and, given the right conditions, they can live year round. Spinach and Feta Savory Muffins and Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Soup are delicious chive-filled recipes.