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Keep the tastes of summer alive inside your home this winter with fragrant, fresh herbs. If you love cooking with your own fresh herbs, it’s easy and fun to do all winter long. Simply bring your herbs in from the garden, give them the right amount of light and water, and you can enjoy them in your favourite recipes all year.
If you didn’t grow herbs in your garden this summer, you can still get some potted herbs at your local gardencentre or grocery store.
To get started, choose a few of your favourite herbs from hardy perennials such as basil, chives, ginger, lemongrass, lemon verbena, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, tarragon and thyme, all of which do well indoors.
If you’re concerned about light levels in your home, there are some herbs that don’t need as much light to grow well indoors – bay, chervil, chives, parsley and thyme.
Sage and rosemary are ideal to grow in containers that you can easily bring in and take out again to your herb garden in the spring.
Keep in mind that annual herbs such as dill, cilantro, chervil, basil and summer savory will usually go to seed and die off in the fall, but if you spot any new shoots sprouting before the frost, you can transplant them to pots and bring them inside.
Another option to explore is a Smart low-maintenance indoor herb-growing system, ideal for novice gardeners. All you do is add the seed pods, refill the automated watering reservoir, and watch your herbs flourish under energy-efficient LED grow lights.
1. Bring your herbs inside before the first frost
2. Help your herbs adjust to being indoors
3. Monitor the amount of sunlight and water
4. Nurture your herbs
Growing herbs indoors during the cold winter months is a fun activity for the whole family. Your herbs will reward you with fragrant smells, green foliage and warm memories of summer, not to mention delicious meals. Enjoy!
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