7 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors This Winter

7 Herbs To Grow Inside In Winter

7 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors This Winter

Your summer garden might be frozen over by now, but that doesn’t mean your kitchen creations have to sacrifice fresh flavor. Winter is the perfect time to sprout some herbs indoors. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie in the gardening world, these 7 indoor herbs are a great place to start!

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1. Rosemary

While rosemary demands a bit of attention, the flavor makes it worth your time. Opt for a well-drained, spacious pot and keep those roots dry with a layer of gravel. With ample sunlight, this aromatic herb will elevate your culinary creations.

2. Parsley

A more flexible option, parsley thrives indoors with minimal fuss. Sow seeds on the soil’s surface, set it in full or partial sunlight and maintain the soil moist, not drenched. Consider sharing a pot with herb buddies like basil, oregano, thyme, and chives to make the most of your space.

3. Thyme

Thyme is of the essence, and this essential herb thrives happily both indoors and out. Opt for a clay planter to avoid soggy roots and the right soil mix (sand, potting soil, peat moss, and perlite). Pruning woody stems on thyme plants stimulates new growth while dividing the plant can yield multiple pots of this culinary essential!

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Use rosemary in homemade chicken noodle soup, chicken, herbal teas and roasted potatoes

4. Sage

Aromatic and associated with savory fall flavors, sage requires a 10-inch diameter container with proper drainage. Choose well-drained soil, such as cactus mix for your sage, and place it in a sunny window offering at least six hours of sunlight daily. Harvest before flowering for optimal flavor!

5. Oregano

Compact and hardy, oregano doesn’t demand too much room – just a six-inch pot will do. Keep the soil regularly watered, and ensure it basks in sunlight or under fluorescent lights for optimal growth. Pinch off leaves regularly for a bushier, bountiful harvest.

6. Chives

You can enjoy the mild chive flavor all winter long. Chives are one of the easiest plants to grow indoors over winter. They tolerate the lower light of the winter sun and typical temperature fluctuations that they may experience on a kitchen windowsill.

7. Basil

With the proper conditions, basil grown indoors can be just as successful as plants in the garden—without fearing that insects or critters devour the plants.  It is possible to plant basil indoors at any time of the year, either by starting it from seeds or buying a potted basil plant at the supermarket.

 

POTTING

Plant herbs in containers with a well-drained potting soil. Clay or terracotta containers work particularly well for herbs because they are more porous, allowing the potting mix to dry well between waterings. Plastic and ceramic containers, as well as hanging baskets and window boxes, are all good options as well. Be sure the container has sufficient drainage holes in the bottom.

WATER

The water requirements vary depending on the species of herb being grown, but all should be watered when the potting soil is dry to the touch and before the plant begins to wilt. Although herbs do not require as much fertilizer as other plants, they will benefit from periodic light fertilization with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer at half or quarter strength.

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SUNLIGHT

When you consider that many herbs are Mediterranean plants, you understand why they need a lot of sunlight. To grow herbs in winter, choose a truly sunny window (southern exposure) that gets at least six hours of sun per day.

Because that can be a hard requirement to fulfill, many gardeners prefer to use grow lights instead or in addition to window light. Naturally, grow lights aren’t as powerful as the sun, so let plants bask in their light 12 hours per day, rather than six (control the process with a timer).

HUMIDITY

Midwestern homes are notoriously dry in winter, so indoor herbs will need extra humidity to thrive. A few solutions for increasing moisture in the air around your plants:

* Set pots of herbs on a boot tray filled with river rocks or gravel, then add water to the tray.
* Use a humidifier in the room.
* Mist herb plants regularly—except for rosemary, which is prone to mildew.
* Group similar plants together, so they create their own little micro-climate in the room.

If you love gardening in the warmer months, channel your attention and TLC into some indoor herbs this Winter season. Happy cultivating!

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