Kitchen Gardening: Fresh Herbs in Winter

As the cold winter months settle in, it’s time to start thinking about how we can salvage the fresh herb garden we have outside our home. Instead of compromising your delicious family dinners, consider growing your herbs with a fun and user-friendly AeroGarden set to add to your kitchenware collection. This winter, there’s no need to keep your rack of dried herb flakes on your kitchen counter when you have fresh herbs growing steps away from your favorite meat and pasta dishes! One thing’s for sure: we don’t want to sacrifice our meal’s flavor because of what Mother Nature has created outside.

Whether you are moving existing herb plants from the outdoors to inside or you want to start an indoor garden during the winter, it’s important to take climate, plant nutrition, and plant type into consideration before we make the transition. Fresh, culinary herbs like oregano, chives, basil, and sage winter fairly well as long as you ensure that they receive at least 5 hours of natural sunlight or expose them to fluorescent lighting for 12-15 hours. While your outdoor soil is still soft in the fall, carefully dig up each herb and use garden soil to fill a pot of your choice. Plants grow best in the soil they’re used to and you will also avoid severing any roots that have grown deeply into the ground.

The biggest concern regarding winter herb life is that indoor potted plants tend to get overwatered. Using room temperature water on soil that is dry 2-4 inches deep works best or even a light mist over herbs in moist soil will keep your indoor garden refreshed and healthy. Grouping different herbs that require similar sunlight exposure and watering will cut down on the space needed in your kitchen or windowsill.

Pay close attention to herbs that have special requirements other than simply being planted, watered, and set in the sun. Mint and parsley prefer cooler spots indoors in order to grow to their potential while lavender flourishes best in an extra hour or two of sunlight in soil that is dryer than your other potted plants. Garden gurus have found the most success when moving younger plants into the indoors as their roots have not fully developed into the ground and they are capable of adapting to this environmental change the fastest.

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