You can still experience homegrown flavors during the winter by growing all of your favorite herbs indoors. In fact, growing indoors keeps fresh herbs handy, no matter the season.
Don’t worry if you’ve had a brown thumb in the past. Most gardeners have killed a plant or two along the way. The problems are most likely the conditions in your house, not you. Low light and lack of humidity have knocked off more than a few indoor herbs, especially when combined with overzealous watering.
The solution for an indoor herb garden: Bring the sunshine indoors!
In summer, herbs placed on sunny windowsills grow naturally. However, during the winter months, longer periods of light are required to achieve the best growth. Get healthy plants that produce year-round harvests by using grow lights to help your favorite herbs thrive indoors.
Give savory and sweet herbs these six “ingredients,” and they’ll flourish indoors!
6 Tips to Grow Superb Herbs Indoors
- Heaps of Herbs. Not every herb thrives indoors. Choose herbs that grow best inside such as mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, lemongrass, chives and bay.
- Pick the Pot. Choose pots or upcycle containers. Be sure your container has drainage holes on the bottom. Most herbs do not like wet roots.
- Ray of Sunshine. Provide 10 to 16 hours of artificial light per day. Connect grow lights to a timer to automate the hours. To be sure you have the proper distance between herbs and the light source, place your hand where the light hits the herb. If you feel warmth, the light is too close. High-output T5 fluorescent tubes provide the best light with less heat.
- Settle in Soil. Plant herbs in organic potting soil. Pick an organic potting soil that contains earthworm castings and Myco-tone® to ensure herbs grow strong roots.
- Feed and Repeat. When planting, add organic plant food. Garden-tone is an organic, slow-release food that helps grow bigger and better herbs. Continue fertilizing herbs once a month.
- Water only when dry. Water herbs until you see it pour from the bottom of the pot. Do not overwater indoor herbs. The plants may become waterlogged, discolored or develop a disease.
With your just-plucked herbs, cook up dishes that harness herbs’ intensity. Use your fresh, flavorful herbs in cocktails, teas and recipes all winter long. Try a few of our favorite recipes that include herbs here. Bon appétit!
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