Alas, the prime outdoor gardening season is over, but you can still have fresh herbs at your fingertips. Herbs are among the easiest plants to grow indoors, and they add a delicious touch to any dish you might be cooking.
Here are some growing tips from BBBGuide:
Buy plants already started from a nursery. “Local nurseries typically offer a winter selection of basils, parsley, sage, thyme, cilantro, mints, tarragon and chives,” notes the magazine. It’s easier to spend a little money on growing plants than to start them from seed.
Plant in terracotta or glazed ceramic pots. This lends a decorative look to the endeavor. You can also use more utilitarian plastic trays that fit in front of a window. While containers should be 18 inches or more across the top, they don’t have to be deep, as most herbs have shallow roots.
Place plants strategically: Place herbs where the air circulation is good and never near a heating source, as they prefer draftier, cooler spots.
Don’t overwater: This is the most common mistake indoor gardeners make. Press your finger an inch into the soil, and if it still feels moist, the plant doesn’t need watering. If it feels very dry, the time is right. Water until you see the water seeping out of the pot from the drainage holes.
Pay attention to your plants: If it’s very cold, temporarily move the plants away from the windows, and turn them regularly so that they don’t become lopsided as they lean toward the sun.
Fertilize: Plan on giving them a fertilizing boost once a month, using a good organic plant food designed to promote growth rather than blooming. Be sure and follow feeding instructions carefully.