Herb Garden Site Selection
While the kitchen might be most convenient location for your herb garden, it is important to take into consideration sun exposure and temperature. Most herbs need a mere 4 hours of sun per day but maximize on the quality of sunlight by placing your pots in a south-facing window. East and west-facing windows will also do, but north-facing windows will not provide enough sun exposure for healthy plants.
Temperatures can be a concern, but luckily, plants growing indoors are comfortable around 65 to 70 degrees F (the same temperatures people prefer). Just watch for leaves that might touch the window glass as the nighttime. Temperature drops could freeze the leaf ends and damage the plant.
Potting your Plant
Make sure the pots you have chosen will allow for drainage. Look for pots with a small hole centered on the bottom of our pot. The size of the hole will rage depending on the size of the pot. If you accidentally over-water your plants, the excess water can drain through the soil without damaging the plant. Don’t forget to put a small plate under the pot to avoid any water damage to your surfaces.
Pick the Heartier Herbs
Here are 5 herbs that can withstand the winter chill:
Chives: mild onion flavor
Oregano: use in Italian dishes
Rosemary: woody and herbal; best used in pork dishes
Sage: savory, slightly peppery flavor
Parsley: balances flavors
These herbs can withstand a broader range of temperature fluctuations, generally 45-75°F and need about 6 hours of sunlight. Allow the herbs to dry out slightly before watering and avoid overwatering as much as possible. If you’ve been growing herbs all summer long and want to keep the flavor through the winter, simply dig up a clump, re-plant in a pot and bring them inside. The herbs listed above will withstand the decreased sunlight best, but don’t let that stop you from experimenting with your green thumb! Figure out which plants you can keep around in the winter will allow you to expand your menus all winter long.