(no, not those kinds of “herbs”, sorry)
Since I cook at home at least 5 days a week, we tend to go through a lot of herbs in this kitchen. During the summer, that isn’t a problem, because I can just wander outside my door and pick what I need. However, now that the temps have dipped solidly into “kill everything” territory, my herb boxes sit mostly empty. Sure, I can buy herbs at the farmer’s market, but they have a tendency to wilt a little too quickly in the fridge, and I hate the waste. One little trick I learned quite by accident in my days of apartment living was window-bottle gardening.
Did you know that even herbs which have been picked for a while can still sprout? Well they can!
Basil and Sage are two excellent examples of herbs with this ability. Just trim an inch or so off the ends, remove any leaves that would fall below the water line, put them in a pretty bottle and then a sunny windowsill. Keep an eye on the water level, on a really sunny day your herbs might drink quite a bit. Another tip is to not let the herbs flower, just pinch that part right off. In a week or two, depending on the plant, you’ll have little roots appearing! Magic!
Not all herbs will do this, unfortunately. Rosemary and Cilantro are two I’ve had no luck with. That said, trimming the cilantro and putting it in a vase does make it last longer than keeping it in the fridge, plus it looks so pretty in the window!