Indoor Growing Part 3: Herbs
Just like sprouts and micro greens, herbs can easily be grown indoors during the winter, providing you with fresh ingredients for your dinner table.
To grow herbs, you will first to want to find a pot that has good drainage. If you have a decorative pot you love and want to use, but it lacks any holes in the bottom, you can always plant your herbs in a plastic pot that slips into this pot. Just be sure that you empty any water from the larger pot so that your herbs aren’t just sitting in water.
Once you have picked out your pot, fill it with potting soil, leaving about an inch at the top of the pot for watering. You will want to press the seeds into the soil, and water the seeds until the soil is moist. Sometimes it is easier to mist the seeds so that they do not get washed around.
Next you will want to cover the pot with plastic wrap, holding it on with a rubber band. You will keep this cover on there until you see the seeds begin to germinate and are pushing against the plastic. (Don’t forget to remove the plastic to water the seeds, making sure the soil is kept fairly moist.)
Place the pot in a sunny location in your home. Once the seeds are germinating, you will remove the plastic and continue to grow your herbs. To harvest them, simply snip a few leaves with scissors as needed.
As simple as it is, all herbs do not grow well indoors. Some of the herbs that are easier to grow include basil, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, mint, thyme, sage and chives. Be prepared for you plants to not seem as lush and grow as quickly as they do in the summer time. The heat and humidity they get outdoors is hard to replicate in your home, so while you will have the plants to use in your cooking, they won’t seem as big as they are in the summer.