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. You can grow herbs when it is too cold or wet to enjoy being outside. It is such a fun thing to do with children too.
You will need:
- a sunny windowsill
- pots with drainage holes
- seeds or seedlings
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.
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?