Beat the Winter Blues: Grow Herbs Indoors for a Delicious Treat in Your Winter Dishes and Drinks

Basil Cuttings
Who doesn't love the pop of flavor that fresh herbs give our food and drinks?  There is nothing like fresh basil in spaghetti sauce, cilantro in a chicken taco or peppermint in a nice cup of tea.  You can have all of this with very little effort or money.

Growing herbs indoors is really quite simple and does not cost a lot of money.  There are just a few simple steps to follow to start growing your own herbs at home.
  1. Pick fresh herbs from the produce department of most grocery stores or farmers' markets.
  2. Cut off about 1/4 inch with scissors and remove any leaves from the lower 2/3 of the stem.
  3. In a clear container, put the cuttings of your herbs in enough clean water to cover the stripped stem.
  4. Keep in a warm, sunny location. 
  5. Don't let the water dry up.  Refill to the same level for about 2 weeks for roots to form.
  6. Once roots develop, new shoots will grow and the new leaves can then be harvests.
Now you can have your own fresh herbs to use whenever you want!  What are some of your favorite herbs to use?

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