Now that some of us are moving from warm, growth-friendly summer to the chillier nights and days of autumn, we may be thinking of pulling up what's left in our gardens and packing things in until next spring.
Not so fast! Even without a greenhouse, it's more than possible to keep growing all winter long. There are various ways to do this, but today we're going to talk about an indoor herb garden.
An indoor herb garden is ideal as, depending upon what you grow (and how much of it you grow), you can fit a few herbs into even very small spaces. As a very young woman I even had an herb garden in the room I was renting in a large house. No matter what your circumstances, there is probably an area for a little pot or two to grow some wonderful basil, rosemary or lemongrass.
Here are some great herbs to get going and get growing for a cozy (and delicious!) winter:
Chives are a member of the onion family and grow well even in colder weather, so if you keep your heat down at night to conserve energy, never fear - these delicious little ones will grow and grow. Place in a window for full sun.
Mmmm. What's lovelier in hot tea on a chilly morning or while relaxing at night? Give them light soil with good drainage. They need sun but will tolerate partial shade.
Basil is a favorite for so many dishes and is a must for filling, warming Italian dishes all winter long. Give basil 6-8 hours of sunlight per day. Cut as leaves grow and add fresh or dried leaves to your dishes.
Keep chervil warm - at least 65 degrees Farenheit. A plus: chervil grows well in low lighting. This means you can put it to the side of the windowsill while more sun-loving herbs get full rays.
Oregano is another herb that's delicious either fresh or dried. Place it in a south-facing window if possible. Harvest by cutting the leaves as you do with basil.
Parsley is everyone's favorite. Even if you don't actually eat it, placing parsley on a dish "dresses it up" for dinner occasions. (But psst...we love the way it tastes and add it to everything.)
Rosemary adds such wonderful, deep flavor. You can start rosemary easily from cuttings, so this herb is a snap to grow. It doubles as as natural air-freshener as it grows. What's not to love?
Give thyme full sun. Like Rosemary, thyme can be started from cuttings and is easy to grow and harvest.
Sage grows well in drier air, making it ideal for colder months when you have your heat on. Give sage full sun for best growth.
These are just a few starter herbs for your indoor herb garden. Explore various herbs to discover the ones that will work well in your own house's or apartment's conditions. Enjoy!
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