The aspect of knowing that you will always have delicious herbs like rosemary, sage, parsley and thyme at your disposal, even when the snow is flying is a comfortable thought, because you can grow those delicious herbs indoors.
There is no need for any special lighting either because herbs do just fine when they are grown beside a bright window with plenty of light coming through. Some of the more popular herbs are easy to grow along with some good tips to keep them healthy until it is time again to plant outside.
First of all just know that you can plant your herbs in small containers, or in a longer box that will fit in a window sill. This is the best spot for them, as you want them to get at least fours per day of natural light. For your best shot at some sunshine, windows that face south or southwest are ideal.
A good way to start your herbs is to make a 4 inch cutting that is measured from the tip. Go ahead and stick this stem into a moist mix of vermiculite or perlite. Cover it with clear plastic to keep everything moist.
Along towards fall, before the first frost, go ahead and move the plants to a midway point, such as an entry way or an enclosed porch for a few weeks to let them acclimate.
Then you can move them inside to the window sill, but be vigilant and protect them from the heat and dryness. You are looking for temperatures in the neighborhood of 65 to 70 degrees F. Ideally, the night temperatures can drop down as low as 50 degrees F, to simulate night temperatures outdoors, so you may have to turn down the thermostat at night.
If you keep the adage in mind that most herbs like to be well watered, but they don’t like wet feet, you will always remember that they need a good drainage process. Water the container at the top when it feels dry, but not too much, as you will learn to judge how much water to add by the weight of the pot. You can add vermiculite to be sure that the drainage stays at the right amount.
Just keep tabs on your herbs, water them responsibly, and keep them in the light and you will be able to enjoy them all throughout the winter months.
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