Growing Herbs in Winter

Growing herbs in winter is easy to do and there are only a few things you need. Handy Herbs Kit For Kids.
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Wouldn’t it be nice to have fresh home grown herbs on hand even during the winter months? Growing herbs in winter is easy to do.

As the nights are drawing in and the weather is on the turn it is not always the best time of year to get out and garden. That’s what is so fab about growing herbs indoors during the winter months.Β You can grow herbs when it is too cold or wet toΒ enjoy being outside. It is such a fun thing to do with children too.

You will need:Growing herbs in winter is easy to do and there are only a few things you need. Handy Herbs Kit For Kids.

  • a sunny windowsill
  • pots with drainage holes
  • compost
  • seeds or seedlings
  • chiveGrowing herbs in winter is easy to do and there are only a few things you need. Handy Herbs Kit For Kids.
  • parsley
  • basil
  • coriander
  • mint

If you have a windowsill or other space that gets around 4 hours of direct sunlight a day then it is possible for you to do this. Herbs like as much natural light as possible. Indoor herbs prefer the same kind of temperatures as we do. It is important not to allow the leaves to come into contact with the window to protect them from the cold.

If you start with established plants they require less attention but using seeds is absolutely fine although obviously you have to be more patient.Growing herbs in winter is easy to do and there are only a few things you need. Handy Herbs Kit For Kids.

Herbs can be grown in any container but make sure you have pots with good drainage as if herbs sit in water the roots can rot. Whatever pot you choose, it will need rotating on a regular basis. Feeding the herbs with liquid fertiliser will improve the condition of the herb. Herbs only need watering when the soil feels dry.

Things to remember:

  • don’t plant all the herbs in one pot
  • don’t use soil from your garden
  • don’t over water (If you see the leaves turning yellow, this is the first sign of over watering)

There is something so special about growing your own – it always tastes so much better and of course it is picked fresh.

The joy and happiness on the children’s faces when they pick something they have contributed to growing is priceless. Children are also much more likely to enjoy eating things they have grown themselves.

Would you consider growing herbs through the winter months and involving your children?


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50 thoughts on “Growing Herbs in Winter

  1. I love fresh herbs. I have tried growing basil before but ashamed to say that pot did not survive and I didn’t dare try again. Thanks for sharing with #abitofeverything

  2. Aah I LOVE herbs β€” all year round we have a big half barrel outside the back door with hardy herbs like Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano. Plus we have a huge sage bush too. Love fresh herbs in our cooking πŸ™‚ #ABitOfEverything

  3. Now this has really encouraged me to have a go, i’m generally pretty useless when it comes to anything vaguely green and mainly it’s down to never really understanding what to do. Thanks for sharing these easy to follow tips X #busydoinglife

  4. I love growing herbs, but I do forget about watering indoor plants, at least the veg in the garden can water itself! I have some winter flowers planted though, so maybe I should do herbs too. Why can’t you use garden soil though? Maybe that’s where I’ve gone wrong before?!
    Thanks for linking up to #HowtoSunday πŸ™‚ x

    1. Not using soil from the garden avoids weed seeds and various diseases thus giving the herbs a much better chance of thriving. Good luck if you decide to give it a go πŸ™‚ I bet the boys would enjoy it!

  5. I think we will give this another try, I have a problem with growing plants indoors – in that my cats tend to eat them!! I have managed to grow basil indoors before but not had much success with other herbs. Sarah #howtosunday

  6. What an informative post – I love fresh herbs but I am not green fingered in any way whatsoever!! I have tried in the past to grow herbs but they just end up wilting and dying on me! I might try again from scratch and keep these tips in mind!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday! x

  7. Being consistent with watering is my problem, my tomato plant produced one tomato this year! I may feel brave and have a go with herbs over winter to prepare me for consistency over spring!

  8. I so need to do this. I’ve had basil and coriander plant pots in the past but I think I always make the mistake of over watering them! There is something so nice about growing your own. #KCACOLS

    1. Yes, there definitely is. I think a lot of people make that mistake but good luck next time. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  9. Yes, I definitely would. And do, although I”m not very adventurous with them. This post has inspired me to start some new pots…and involve my toddler. I put carrot seeds in his party bags (just to his cousins, he’s only two!) and they all LOVED growing their own. A great reminder to get people growing whatever the weather, thanks. #KCACOLS

    1. Seeds in a party bag is such a lovely idea! Children do seem to love growing things and they can learn so much along the way. Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

  10. Thank you for this very useful information. I had no idea that herbs only need 4 hours of direct sunlight. I think I can do that. I thought I had to get one of these tinny greenhouse or something and place it in the garden. This looks very simple. I think I will get Ethan involve too. Hope you don’t mind I have pinned this. πŸ™‚ Thank you for linking up with me again. Always good to have you join us. πŸ™‚ #FabFridayPost

    1. I hope Ethan finds it enjoyable – children normally do. They can learn so much from growing things especially when they can eat what they have grown and have fun using it in cooking. Thank you for hosting πŸ™‚

  11. To answer your question, YES– I would definitely consider growing herbs in the winter! My three year old would love the process of planting the herbs, watching them sprout, picking the plants, and helping to add them to her favorite foods! This post makes growing herbs sound so easy, and you give some fantastic tips that I’d have never known. The kit looks like it would be loads of fun! #busydoinglife

    1. Thank you! I hope your daughter really enjoys if you decide to give growing herbs a go. Thanks so much for your comment πŸ™‚

  12. I like having fresh herbs at hand. The cut variety in packets always goes to waste, unless I need to use a whole packet in one recipe. Having live herbs means I can pick as much as I need whenever I need it.
    I must admit I haven’t tried growing pots in herbs. I think my kitchen is a tad too dark!

    1. I agree – herbs in packets can be so wasteful. Shame about your dark kitchen as they definitely need quite a lot of light. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

    1. I always thought it possible to grow herbs all year in a poly tunnel but have never actually done that myself. I do grow them on the kitchen sill though. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  13. I am rubbish at keeping indoor herbs alive!! Will try your tips next time… I’m currently in the process of writing about taming my outside herb garden and preparing it for winter. Better get my skates on or it’ll be a bit late!!!#FabFridayPost

    1. It is to avoid weed seeds and various diseases. Herbs really don’t like being over watered. Good luck next time πŸ™‚

    1. It is to avoid weed seeds and various diseases. Also, compost tends to have more nutrients in. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  14. We love trying to grow our own herbs but I’ve never quite mastered it… haven’t done it in a while as our kitchen is north facing and we don’t really have any window space where the light is! We also have an issue with cats eating the herbs or anything leafy (they’re odd…). I’m sure if there’s a will there’s a way…


    1. Having a north facing kitchen is definitely not ideal for a kitchen garden! Perhaps you could try on a table in a different room? As for the cats… πŸ˜‰

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