Got butterfingers instead of the green ones? We get it. But gardening is becoming super popular among millennials. Google searches for “succulents” grew by over 5,000 percent between 2010 and 2015. There’s some psychological ish around plant love. Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017 — which is never just a colour, but a reflection of the zeitgeist—is a bright lime called Greenery. Our current zeitgeist: wanting basil pesto, but don’t wanna buy said basil. Here, three easy steps to grow your own herb garden.
READ MORE: The Health Benefits of Gardening
Herbs are usually grown from seeds in the same containers you buy them in, so by the time you bring them home, that soil is depleted. Use decorative candle holders or vintage teacups as mini herb pots. Just layer about an inch of pebbles to help with drainage before you add the fresh soil.
Most herbs flourish in tiny quarters as long as you place them in a sunny spot and water them once a week. Even if you have a very narrow windowsill, you can find an indoor window box online that matches its dimensions. Etsy sellers will do custom orders to fit your sill exactly.
Begin with Basil
Best news! It’s a lush, leafy plant that’s hard to kill, and a few snips bring brightness to almost any dish. Try adding it to marinara sauce, marinades, and stews to punch up autumn flavours. You can even throw the whole leaves into a salad as you would a green, or add as a garnish for a cocktail.