I’ve been cooking more (one of my New Year’s goals that I have managed to follow through with!), and it has brought a lot of life into my kitchen. Instead of always running to the store for that missing ingredient, I’ve learned that you can easily grow greens right on your kitchen counter—from basil to parsley to mint and many more. There’s something a little special about growing your own food and it’s way more convenient, too! Here are four easy indoor edible plants I want to grow…
Scallions. Place a handful of scallions (with their roots attached) in a full glass of water, then place in a sunny window. Cut off what you need to use for cooking, and the scallions will regrow overnight! Who knew? Tip: change the water a few times a week for maximum growth.
Cilantro. This herb requires plenty of sunlight and nutrient-rich soil. Make sure to only water when soil is dry, and plant in a pot with plenty of drainage holes (terra cotta is preferable). When growing inside, start with seeds or starter plants, and make sure each plant is at least 4 inches apart. Mexican food is a staple in this family, so our cilantro will be used on the reg!
Basil. Similar to cilantro, basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow indoors. All that is required is to plant it in well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. It is important that the pot provides adequate drainage, as the basil roots will rot if over saturated. Basil should always be placed in a sunny window, and ideally receive at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.
Avocado. I was surprised to learn that you can grow your own avocados indoors. I eat avocado almost everyday, so this is huge! The process is a bit more labor intensive than the others, but I’m betting it’s well worth it. First, remove the avocado pit and rinse it under cold water until clean. Root the pit with the pointed side up and stabilize with four toothpicks along the side of a dish for balance. Next, fill the dish with water until the pit is halfway submerged, and make sure to change the water every few days. Once the stem reaches 6 inches long, cut it in half and let it regrow. Then, when the roots become thicker, plant it and let the stem grow to a foot in length. It may take up to a year for the plant to start producing fruit, but that’s worth the wait for avocado lovers like myself.