As the growing season winds down it can be a little depressing. But it is not over! It just is outside! This time of year you can plant an indoor herb garden to give you a mood boost and keep you gardening all winter long. It will also give your taste buds a boost too!
1. Transplant (If you want…) – If you have perennial herbs like Oregano, Chives or Thyme growing in your garden you can dig out a small piece to add to your herb garden. If you don’t feel like digging them up, start some new ones from seed or add a new baby plant. You can add these to your garden in the spring.
2. Choose New Plants – You can either start herbs from seed, or buy small 3” herbs from your local farm stand or market.
3. Do Some Research – If you are planning to plant several types of herbs together in the same pot make sure that they require the same amount of light and moisture.
4. Get Planting! – Plant the seedlings or small potted herbs into larger pots. A general potting soil for container gardening will suffice. Be sure your containers have proper drainage.
A few things to consider:
- To keep the herbs thick and full you will have to “pinch” them back (which will happen as you use them) If they start to get leggy, cut the plant back and let it re-flush. You may have to do this a few times during the winter.
- Rotate the herbs every few days to be sure they are getting even sunlight. If not they will lean.
- You will need to lightly fertilize the herbs at least every other week. How often you do this will be based on what strength and type of fertilizer you are using.
- In the spring if you are going to transplant the herbs outside, or to a bigger pot be sure to cut them back so they can flush thick and full.