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5 plants to grow in your window-sill herb garden (even if you have a “black thumb”)

By Rose Saunders |


I Quit Sugar – 5 plants to grow in your window-sill herb garden (even if you have a “black thumb”)

While herbs are delicious and great for your health, they can be on the expensive side (and often you get more plastic than plant!).

So, why not grow your own herbs? And don’t worry – you don’t even need a garden! These herbs will all thrive on your window-sill (even if you have a “black thumb”).

1. Rosemary.

If you’ve ever planted rosemary before, you’ll know it tends to have a life of it’s own! There are several varieties of rosemary – a variety like Tuscan Blue or Blue Spire are both good options for small home gardens.

Rosemary’s active ingredient rosmarinic acid, has shown to suppress allergic responses and nasal congestion, making it the perfect natural remedy.

2. Chives.

Chives are one of the easiest herbs to grow. Our social media manager Lee has a pot on her desk (to help season up those lunches) that gets little light and still grows like crazy.

If you’re want to include chives in your garden it’s best to pull a bunch from an existing plant because this helps to speed up the growth (make sure to include the root!). It’s important that you cut about one-third off the top of the chive, this way it helps to stimulate new growth.

Why don’t you try out your newly home-grown chives in our delicious Chive, Kale + Parmesan Pancakes with Poachies? Yum!

3. Mint.

There are two types of mint; peppermint or spearmint. We prefer peppermint because it’s a bit stronger, making it more economical.

Peppermint is an easy herb to grow because it can thrive in shade, but make sure to still give it a little bit of sun.

Mint can help improve your digestion, respiratory disorders, coughs and skin. It’s also great for jazzing up water with a bit of lime!

4. Parsley.

Parsley is not only remarkably easy to grow, it’s is one of the most commonly used herbs. Patience is key: it can take up to two weeks to see any sort of produce. But once it starts, you’ll have it for life.  

Parsley is full of nutrients and is a great source of Vitamin C, K and A. Chuck fresh onto pastas, stews, salads and soups.

5. Sage.

Sage needs around six to eight hours of sunlight a day to thrive. We learnt this the hard way when our desk sage withered from too much shade!

Even though it’s slightly more tricky to grow, sage has been known to possess healing properties and may even improves brain and memory function.

What herbs do you grow in the garden?

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