Everytime I go to the grocery store in search of herbs like cilantro, basil, and so forth, I come home with a bunch and I use about an eighth of it. Then the rest sits in my refrigerator until it withers and becomes what I usually refer to as a “science experiment.” Needless to say, a lot of it goes to waste, which is not only sad but also not cost effective. Thankfully, if you have a kitchen window, herbs used often in cooking are actually pretty easy to grow yourself. It’s also a lot cheaper than buying them at the grocery store in the long run!
Start with a small potted plant from a farmer’s market or the hardware store. Provide natural lighting, good drainage, and regular watering to grow herbs you can use when you’re cooking meals. Most herbs are very simple and low-maintenance to grow, even in your apartment. If you want to increase the effectiveness of your window light, consider trying a greenhouse-style box, like one of these from IKEA.
In addition to being helpful when you need them for a meal, growing herbs can be good for improving air quality in apartments which sometimes feel stuffy or stale. Many herbs are also fragrant and make the air smell nicer.
Here are some of the herbs commonly used in cooking which you can easily grow in your kitchen window: