Ten Herbs for Indoor Growing

By  organicgardening.com

A windowsill kitchen garden: Grow great-tasting herbs indoors.

You can  grow herbs indoors this winter and add that just-picked taste to your meals, even when snow is drifting up against the kitchen window. You don’t even need special lights—herbs fare just fine in a bright window. Here are the best herbs for growing on windowsills and the smart techniques you need to keep them happy and healthy until you can plant outside again.

1. Basil

Start  basil  from seeds and place the pots in a south-facing window—it likes lots of sun and warmth.

2.  Bay Leaves

A  perennial  that grows well in containers all year long. Place the pot in an east- or west-facing window, but be sure it does not get crowded—bay needs air circulation to remain healthy.

3.  Chervil (related to parsley)

Start  chervil  seeds in late summer. It grows well in low light but needs temperatures between 65 °F and 70 °F   to thrive

4.  Chives

Dig up a clump of  chives  from your garden at the end of the growing season and pot it up. Leave the pot outside until the leaves die back. In early winter, move the pot to your coolest indoor spot (such as a basement) for a few days, then finally to your brightest window.

5.  Oregano

Your best bet is to start with a tip cutting from an outdoor  oregano  plant. Place the pot in a south-facing window.

6.  Parsley

You can start this herb from seeds or dig up a clump from your garden at the end of the season.  Parsley  likes full sun, but will grow slowly in an east- or west-facing window.

7.  Rosemary

Start with a cutting of  rosemary, and keep it in moist soilless mix until it roots. It grows best in a south-facing window.

8. Sage

Take a tip cutting from an outdoor plant to start an indoor  sage. It tolerates dry, indoor air well, but it needs the strong sun it will get in a south-facing window

9.  Tarragon

A dormant period in late fall or early winter is essential for tarragon to grow indoors. Pot up a mature plant from your outdoor garden and leave it outside until the leaves die back. Bring it to your coolest indoor spot for a few days, then place it in a south-facing window for as much sun as possible. Feed well with an  organic liquid fertilizer.

10.  Thyme

You can start thyme  indoors  either by rooting a soft tip cutting or by digging up and potting an outdoor plant. Thyme likes full sun but will grow in an east- or west-facing window.

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