If you are serious about gardening, learning the ways of growing herbs indoors during winter will be crucial. What this means of course, is that you need to know the ways of how to cultivate plants indoor.
It should be stressed that growing herbs indoors during winter is not possible with some other plants, but fortunately, most of the culinary types work well indoors. Among them are bay leaf, rosemary, geranium, oregano, dill, mint and chives. These are, as even the casual cook will realize, among the most popular garnishing in use today.
That being said, the ways and means of growing herbs indoors during winter will vary. For example, basil requires that you set up an artificial light (fluorescent) for about 16 hours a day. This is necessary because the herb requires a lot of sunlight to grow properly. Some other herbs will also require that you keep them at certain temperatures (usually between 65 to 75 degrees).
You also need to remember that when growing herbs indoors during winter, you can use seedlings. If you are going to use them, you should allocate some time for an adjustment period for the artificial light. If they have been exposed to sunlight for a long while, you should give it time to adjust to the new environment.
When growing herbs indoors during winter, you should keep those herbs that need sunlight near to the artificial light as much as possible. When the winter ends, you should put those herbs at the windowsill so that they can get the sunlight needed. Even those that need only a little should be given some time in the sun as well.
As you start growing herbs indoors during winter, keep an eye on the draining system in the pots. It often happens that by the end of the season, the soil inside the pots will get packed up or crammed together.
If this should occur, you will have to utilize a fork to scrape the surface. It is also vital to note that during the winter season, the herbs will need very little watering. In fact, mint and thyme will only need to be sprinkled with water only when the soil has dried out.
Winter need not keep you from nurturing your favorite herbs, so when summer comes to an end, you now know what to do to keep your supply of garnishing (not to mention your tea) intact.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:29:47.