If the long and cold winter months are leaving you longing for your spring garden and the fresh herbs that come along with it, not to worry, you can still grow herbs indoors with only a bright window, a slightly green thumb and a little time, you can be growing fresh herbs to add to your favorite recipes in no time at all. There are many great cooking classes that can help you decide which herbs are best for you to grow indoors in your area. Here are the 10 best indoor herbs and growing techniques that will keep them happy and healthy until spring rolls around again.
This is a very hearty herb that requires very little maintenance. It is best to grow basil from seedlings and keep them on your windowsill. It likes lots of light and does best in a brightly lit and warm place.
Bay is a perennial that grows well in most containers all year long. Bay needs circulation to remain healthy so make sure that you do not crowd it with other plants or decorations. Dried bay leaves are a popular ingredient at Boston culinary schools for soups, stocks and stews.
This is a herb that grows best in the late summer months. It will grow in low light but needs to stay between 65and 70 degrees to stay alive and healthy so make sure you keep it in a warm spot in your house.
The easiest way to grow chives indoors is to start with a mature and thriving plant. Pick a clump of chives from a store or garden and re-pot in a pot with good drainage. Be sure to keep your chives in a well lit spot and keep the soil uniformly moist.
Cut the tips from your outdoor oregano plant and place them in a pot near a bright window that faces south they will flourish inside through the cold winter months.
Parsley is another hearty herb that will grow well indoors. You can either start from seeds or dig up a a few plants at the end of your growing season. Parsley likes full sun but will grow anywhere there is reasonable natural light.
Rosemary needs to be kept in moist soil until it roots. Start by cutting some rosemary from a plant at the end of the season and potting it. Keep it well watered and place it near a south facing window for best results.
This herb tolerates dry, indoor air very well but it needs bright sunlight to really thrive. Cut the tips off an outdoor sage plant to get started, find a nice bright south-facing window and wait for your harvest.
This herb is not as robust as some of the others. Tarragon needs a little extra care to make it really produce results. Pot a mature plant from an outdoor garden and leave it outside until the leaves die and turn black. Bring it to a very cool place in your house for a few days then find your brightest south facing window. Make sure to feed Tarragon with organic liquid fertilizers to make sure it stays alive and healthy.
This delicious herb is another that is easy to grow and does not require a green thumb. You can either dig up an outdoor plant or you can root a soft tip cut to get started. Once it’s in a pot it likes full sunlight but will still grow in a west or east facing window.
Growing your own herbs indoors is especially useful in colder climates where the outdoor growing season is short. If you would like to learn more about how to use the harvest from your indoor herb garden Boston culinary schools offer a variety of interesting and educational cooking classes.
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