3 Fun & Fresh Plants to Grow (and Eat!) this Summer

July is the height of BBQ season. This summer, don’t go without these easy, fresh picks that you can grow from the comfort of your kitchen. You’ll impress all your friends and coworkers at your cookout by including your homegrown, delicious flavors. Best of all, these plants do well in a pot, so all you need is a somewhat sunny window. East, West or South facing are great, but unfortunately North-facing windows just don’t give these plants enough energy to be happy.

Enjoy these summer greens and the yummy recipes that they’ll brighten!

Plants to eat and grow this summer, Basil

1. Basil

Excellent on salad, sandwiches, and pizza, this easy-to-grow plant adds just the right among of freshness. Make sure to give your basil plant lots of light and a lot of water. You can even grow cuttings in water, although the flavor may be milder than their soil-grown counterparts. In case you can’t use it all, keep the top pinched so it doesn’t flower. When basil flowers, the stems turn woody and the leaves turn a bit bitter as the plant starts to decline. But don’t be sad if your basil doesn’t make it through the summer – this is a naturally short-lived plant, so get the most out of it while you can!

Plants to eat and grow this summer: Mint

2. Mint

Can we just say ‘Mojito’? Or for the well-traveled: Moroccan Mint Tea. The recipe is super simple. You can make your own with high quality loose leaf green tea (avoid anything with additional fragrance like Jasmine because that will mess with the clear mint flavor), spearmint, and a LOT of sugar ;). The locals drink it hot, but you can also serve it chilled with a slice of watermelon. Yum! Mint is also nearly indestructible to the point of ‘don’t let it run wild in your garden because it will take over.’ Seriously… if you want to put mint in the garden, keep it in a pot or it will spread with abandon.

Plants to eat and grow this summer: Chives

3. Chives

Not only are these super cute when they flower (pink pom poms at the tip of the leaves), they’re tasty when mixed into potato or egg salads, and they look great as garnishes. The easiest way to harvest them is to use a pair of scissors to make clean cuts that don’t bruise the leaves. For the over-the-top dish, harvest the flowers and use them as a garnish! They taste similar to the leaves. To grow, simply provide sunlight and water. Unlike basil, chives can handle being a bit dry and develop a stronger taste as a result.

Check out these fun recipes that use our three summer greens!
Spicy Basil Lemon Gazpacho
Watermelon Mint Margarita
Chive Pesto

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