No matter the time of year, or the size of your yard, here are five herbs to grow in your kitchen garden, and delicious gluten-free, real food ways to use them!

No matter the time of year, or the size of your yard, here are five herbs to grow in your kitchen garden, and delicious gluten-free, real food ways to use them! #garden #herbs #indoorgarden #basil #sage #rosemary #thyme #mint #glutenfree #realfood

Herbs to grow in your kitchen.

If you’ve purchased herbs from the produce section of your grocery store, you know how quickly the price of those fresh ingredients can add up. Growing your own herbs in an indoor kitchen garden not only saves you money in the long run, but it also allows you to control the use of pesticides on your herbs, and provides a fun science experiment for your kiddos. 😉

If you’re looking to grow from seed, I usually go for the heirloom, non-GMO variety of seeds on Amazon or Azure Standard. I’ll link to the specific packets in the post below!

Five Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden basil

Basil.

This herb is native to India, and is frequently used as a seasoning in Italian, Thai, Indonesian, and other cuisines. The strong taste adds a kick to virtually any dish, and if you’re an avid cook you’ll be reaching for the basil quite often. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that use basil:

If you’re a fellow basil-lover, like I am, you can save money by growing your own. It’s one of the easiest herbs to grow in your kitchen garden! Plant the seeds in high-quality soil a few months before it gets too warm. Keep your basil plant near sunlight, they love the sunshine. Water daily and enjoy your new source of flavor!

You can buy basil seeds HERE.

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Thyme.

This herb is another popular seasoning, and growing thyme indoors requires a combination of high-quality potting soil, sunlight, and water. Thyme grows well with indirect light, which makes it easier to plant inside. Just make sure these plants come in contact with sunlight for at least six hours a day. Water the plant completely, but allow the soil to dry between watering so that you don’t over-hydrate. Maintain the plant by trimming woody stems, which will force new growth and create constant freshness.

You can buy thyme seeds HERE.

With a warm, earthy flavor, thyme is a great herb to use on potatoes and in soups. Here are some of my family’s favorite recipes that use thyme:

  • Simple Herbed Red Drum – Nothing says summer like a delicious plate full of fish! Bursting with nutrients and flavor, this simple herbed red drum will be sure to please your tummy and taste-buds.
  • Easy Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie – Love shepherds pie? You’ve never tasted it like this before! This naturally gluten-free, family-friendly meal is packed with veggies, ground beef, and sharp white cheddar cheese. Easy cheesy shepherds pie is a delicious and flavor-packed dinner everyone will be asking for again and again.
  • Italian Wedding Soup in the Instant Pot – This Italian wedding soup in the Instant Pot is the perfect marriage of Italian-inspired meatballs and veggie soup. It’s delicious no matter what time of year it is, and easily fits low-carb and GAPS Diet lifestyles, with a paleo option, as well.

Thyme also has wonderful medicinal properties. Its fresh leaves are full ofvitamins C, A, K & E, as well as minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Thyme also contains flavonoids, making it an antioxidant-rich herb. Because of the relaxing effect thyme has on muscles, it’s helpful for relieving asthma, whooping cough, laryngitis, bronchitis and dry coughs. This makes it one of the most beneficial herbs to grow in your kitchen garden.

Here are some herbal remedies I use frequently for my family that include the healing benefits of thyme:

  • Easy Immune Support Tincture – Never made a tincture before? This easy immune support tincture is a great place to start! And your immune system will thank you…
  • Herbal Immune-Boosting Sore Throat Tea – Kick that cough, cold, or sore throat to the curb with this easy, immune-boosting sore throat tea! Made with nourishing herbs, it’s naturally packed with the vitamins and minerals your body needs while fighting a sore throat.

Five Herbs to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden sage profile

Sage.

If you’re struggling to get herbs growing in your garden, let me suggest you give sage a try. I have a notoriously brown thumb, but there is nothing I can do to kill my sage plant! It’s seriously a monster. If you have the space and can plant in a large planter or small outdoor garden, sage will quickly overtake its surroundings!

Besides being a delicious addition to soups and meats, I’ve also enjoyed adding sage to savory muffins and other dishes. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use sage:

As far as health benefits go, sage is wonderful source of fiber, vitamin A, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and B vitamins such as folic acid and thiamin. It also contains healthy amounts of vitamins K, C, and E, as well as thiamin, and copper.

You can buy sage seeds HERE.

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Mint.

Fresh mint is the perfect seasoning for chocolate dessert or delicious Mediterranean food. You can dry the leaves for tea to soothe a stomach ache or sore throat, as well. To grow mint indoors, make sure to water the plant regularly, but don’t keep the soil overly wet. When the upper soil is dry, it’s time to water again. Just beware that over-hydration will cause mint to wilt.

Mint also needs humidity to grow well indoors, so try misting the plant between watering or set it in a tray filled with water and pebbles. Rotate the plant every few days to balance exposure to sunlight. Mint is a great transitional plant, so you can move it outdoors for the summer!

You can buy mint seeds HERE.

Mint is one of my all-time favorite herbs. It makes delicious teas and desserts, here are a couple of my favorites!

  • Homemade Mint Ice Cream with Fudge Swirl – This no-churn, homemade mint ice cream with fudge swirl is a tasty, healthy option to the store-bought version. Free of dairy, refined sugar, and food coloring, it also boasts a hidden health boost: spirulina!
  • Peppermint Matcha Latte – Stay calm and focused with the slow-release caffeine in this delicious paleo peppermint matcha latte! It’s packed with nutrients and easy to make, so you can enjoy it fuss-free whenever you need!
  • Peppermint Avocado Fudge – Light and refreshing, this 4-ingredient peppermint avocado fudge is a delicious healthy treat! Sweetened with honey, and packed with healthy fats, it’s perfect for paleo and GAPS diets.
  • Chicken Biryani in the Instant Pot – You don’t have to spend time over a hot stove to enjoy this easy gluten-free chicken biryani. It’s bursting with real-food flavor – straight from your Instant Pot!
  • Banana Avocado Mint Muffins – Full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, these paleo and GAPS banana avocado mint muffins are healthy enough for breakfast, but delicious enough for a treat!

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Rosemary.

Lack of sunlight, poor watering, and pests can kill an indoor rosemary plant. Sunshine is essential for rosemary, so be sure to position the plant where it can receive six to eight hours of natural light. Indirect light or limited sun exposure will cause the plant to weaken and die.

Choose a pot with proper drainage, and only water the rosemary plant when the top of the soil is dry. Just make sure it doesn’t completely dry out! Pests can also take over rosemary, but ensuring the plant receives proper water and light can help fight them off for good.

My favorite recipe to use rosemary in is my delicious Slow-Cooker Rosemary Roast, but it goes well with many meat dishes!

You can buy rosemary seeds HERE.

Enjoy your fresh herbs, and bon appétit!

No matter the time of year, or the size of your yard, here are five herbs to grow in your kitchen garden, and delicious gluten-free, real food ways to use them! #garden #herbs #indoorgarden #basil #sage #rosemary #thyme #mint #glutenfree #realfood


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