Although you may not realise it, anyone can grow a range of useful plants, even if they don’t really have the time or space to do so. Herbs can be grown almost anywhere, and take very little care and space. If you have a large backyard then that’s great, plant them there! However, if you live in a city apartment with no yard space to speak of, you can plant your herbs in window baskets or pots. The following five herbs are essential in every household!
Parsley comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be added as a garnish to almost any meal. It usually lives for one to two years, and grows up to 45cm high. It is very high in a number of essential nutrients, including iron, magnesium, iodine, and vitamins A, B, and C.
Chives are a popular member of the onion family and are used for flavouring things like soups and dips. They are the smallest edible onion species, and are distinct in the fact that the leaves are used rather than the bulb of the plant. They are tiny, require little to no maintenance, and use little water. You can trim leaves off the plant to use as you need it, making it both popular and convenient.
Oregano is probably best known for its use in pizza sauces and other Italian foods. However, it can be used in a wide range of dishes, and is extremely popular amongst home chefs. The oregano plant is small and evergreen, and can be easily grown in confined spaces. It will grow to a maximum of about 45cm by 45cm, but can be kept smaller if necessary.
Rosemary is a large, shrubby plant that is suited to growing outside. It can grow up to 2 metres high and 1.5 metres wide, and can be used as a hedge plant. However, it also has a distinct, pleasant flavour which is extremely good when added to roasted game meats.
Sage is a less common herb, but can add an interesting twist to your meals. It does require a little more space than most other herbs, as it can grow up to 80cm wide. The perennial, evergreen plant requires very little maintenance and likes warm, dry conditions. It likes full sun, and is therefore a good option to grow in a window box or hanger.