Growing herbs in the garden during summer is a great way to keep fresh ingredients around without breaking the bank. But when winter comes, and gardens become dormant, it can be difficult to keep these fresh ingredients on hand. Instead of heading to the grocery store, think about growing herbs indoors.
Chives, chocolate mint, rosemary, oregano and thyme are easily grown indoors and are some of the more frequently used herbs, but there are many others that can be grown indoors. To bring these herbs indoors there are two different options. One is buying them from a nursery and the other is bringing them inside from the garden.
To start these herbs indoors, get small pots with a drainage hole and saucer that will fit in the window sill. Before filling the pot one-third full of potting soil, put a small piece of window screening over the drainage hole to make sure the soil doesn’t escape. Take the plant out of the nursery container and place it in the pot, surrounding it with more soil.
For bringing outdoor herbs indoors, plant runners or divisions are needed. A plant runner is a stem-like growth extending from the mother plant’s growing point. Pot the runner or division like a brand new plant and continue having fresh herbs for the rest of the year.
If the window sill isn’t large enough for herbs, any spot near a window will work fine. South or southwestern facing windows are best for growing herbs. Terra cotta or clay pots tend to dry out fast especially in a warm home during winter, so choose a plastic pot instead.