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green scene growing an herb garden indoors 
by Flannery Higgins
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Longer days, warmer temps, chirping birds and the buzz of insects in the air – time to say goodbye to the last dreary days of winter, because spring has finally arrived. And if there is one thing that shouts spring more than any other, it’s the re-emergence of all things green and growing. Which is why the gardening fanatics go nuts this time of year, descending upon nurseries in droves. Of course, not all of us are lucky enough to have any yard at all, much less the inclination to dig and till and weed our way towards a big outdoor garden. For the space-deprived among us, there’s a perfect alternative. For a little effort and even less money, you can bring a bit of the outdoors indoors, and start a windowsill herb garden.

This is the time of year you can find kits for growing herbs at your local Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Home Depot. I bought one of these kits a few years ago when I found myself wanting a garden, but lacking space. I’ve kept up an herb garden on my living room windowsill ever since. With a little common-sense gardening care, you can enjoy a windowsill garden too.

Successful windowsill gardening takes a little patience (just a few sporadic hours of work a week), but is a thoroughly rewarding experience. Growing your own herbs makes it easy to have the right flavors handy. Herbs add a spark of flavor to vegetable dishes, salads, and soups. For the cost of a few seed packets and a fluorescent light, I can enjoy basil for spaghetti sauce and parsley and chives for omelets. It’s a great way to impress dinner guests, and your taste buds are sure to thank you as well.

Culinary perks aside; herbs have the added bonus of making good décor. There’s something about looking at a windowsill covered with pretty green growing things that just makes me happy. The plants make my small apartment feel more like a greenhouse and less like a depressing box.

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