There’s nothing like the taste and smell of fresh herbs

And just because the temps are dropping and our outdoor gardens (pots or plots) are being tucked in for the winter, that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to grow beautiful, delicious, fragrant green stuff.

We’re talking about planting and maintaining a kitchen herb garden.

Nothing enhances your culinary masterpieces more than fresh herbs. Of course, you can buy what you need, dried and jarred, at almost any store, but wouldn’t it be nice to have some of your favorites available year-round right here in your kitchen?

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Before you plant your herbs, consider these things…

Really, there’s no reason on the planet why you can’t keep fresh herbs indoors year-round with the proper care! It’s important to think about:

  • what your herbs need
  • how much watering is required
  • what kind of soil (sandy, loamy or chalky) is needed
  • when to take cuttings
  • if they need full sunlight and for how long
  • if they can tolerate some shade

By the way, most herbs require four to six hours of direct sun every day.

THE BEST HERBS FOR GROWING INDOORS OR ON A WINDOWSILL:

  • Basil
  • Bay Tree
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Fennel
  • Lemongrass
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Sage
  • Thyme
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Speaking of watering…

During winter, most herbs will drink more slowly. Be sure you’re giving them proper drainage to prevent root rot. Some ways to do that are to have drain holes in your pots, and/or include rocks, marbles or plastic foam peanuts at the bottom of your container to provide some aeration.

Speaking of containers…

Soooo many options! Naturally you can plant your herbs in colorful glazed pots. Be traditional and plant them in sweet clay pots, and then paint them with chalk paint, writing the names of the herbs on them. Plant them in a galvanized tool caddy or cute buckets. Or how about beautiful old mason jars? Your choices are endless…

Ready to get started?

Reston Farm Garden Market is your one-stop, kitchen-herb-garden-shop. We have the plants, the pots, and everything else you need to get your windowsill garden started on the right foot. Give your windowsill garden the soil, sunlight and water it needs, and you can enhance your cooking with bountiful fresh herbs at your fingertips all year long!

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