Gardeners have been pulling out the last of the plants from their gardens for weeks now. The pumpkins have been turned into pies or front porch décor, tomatoes were canned while the sun was still warm, and bags of sweet corn have been neatly stacked in farm freezers everywhere daily life has allowed time for some DIY food storage. But what if you just aren’t ready to give up the taste of homegrown goodness? You don’t have to! You can easily grow an herb garden right in your window and enjoy the taste of fresh herbs all winter long.
Where to Grow
The easiest rule of thumb for indoor gardening is this: natural sunlight is the key to success. You can spend a lot of money on expensive indoor lighting, but a southern window, with no shading to keep the light out, lets in sufficient light to sprout and grow a wide variety of herbs. Choose pots and soil that allow for good drainage and be sure to water as often as the individual plants require.
Varieties to Grow
Not every herb is suited for container or indoor gardening, but with the many varieties that ARE suited to it, you’ll never miss them. Give these herbs a try and experience cleaner air in your home, better flavor in your food, and the satisfaction of growing your own food.
Basil can be started from seed in your Southern window. Try a fun variety like purple or ruffled leaf.
You can start your own little chive farm easily by purchasing a package of “living herbs” from the supermarket and transplanting them into your windowsill garden.
Oregano is best started from a tip cutting from another plant. Place the stem of the tip into the dirt of your pot, water, and set it in a sunny place. It will take root and provide flavor and fragrance.
Parsley is one herb that will grow even if you don’t have it in a southern window, it will just grow a little slower. So, if you have an east or west window you can place your parsley there.
Rosemary is best started from a cutting or go ahead and buy yourself a young plant. It takes some time to grow, but once it has, it will produce for years.
Sage does remarkably well in dry, inside air. Make sure it’s got a sunny spot to grow and you’ll have plenty of flavor for your holiday turkey this year.
Best started from a cutting, thyme loves the sun but will still grow in an east or west window.