Growing indoor herbs through out the winter can be so
refreshing and keep your green thumb in shape.
Many herbs lend themselves to an indoor garden. I like to
grow my favorite herbs for cooking and my herbal teas that I use in the winter
for soothing a sore throat or cough.
If you have a nice sunny window or porch you are ready to
start planting, but most of us don’t have that much sunny space. I built my
indoor grow lights into a set of shelving I bought at Ikea.
I attached the shelving to the wall to keep it stable. The shelves are adjustable and a 4 foot shop light fits on to the shelves. If you aren’t that handy there are several good grow light setups you can purchase for growing indoor herbs.
Sage (Salvia officinalis); parts used: Leaves. Good for
indigestion, stimulant, astringent and relieves heartburn. Sage has been used
effectively for throat infections, dental abscesses, infected gums and mouth
ulcers. Use a tea infused as a mouthwash and gargle for sore throats and
inflamed tonsils. Sage is particularly potent against Staphylococcus. And you
thought it was only good for flavoring stuffing.
Sage is a great perennial as far north as zone 4. Grow some indoors for fresh leaves to add to your cooking and teas. Keep the plant trimmed back to promote more growth. When the plant gets to big for your indoor garden plant your sage outside in the spring.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis); parts used: Leaves.
Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, stimulant and a tonic. Not only good for
flavoring your favorite dishes rosemary is good for headaches and sore throats.
Rosemary may also promote memory function by increasing blood flow to the brain.
Add the leaves to your next cup of herbal tea.
Rosemary cannot tolerate going dry so careful when
watering. Don’t water too much but don’t let the plant go dry. Mist the leaves
during the winter to add some humidity. Trim back branches when the plant gets
to big. Rosemary can be planted outside in the spring. Take branch cuttings in
the summer to start a new plants for indoor.
Chive (Allium schoenoprasum ); parts used: leaves. Easy
to grow, chives do need to be germinated in the dark so have patience and you
will be rewarded. Clip the leaves to use as a garnish for potatoes and in
salads. Chives will keep growing and they do well if you keep them trimmed in
your indoor pots. Once chives are established you can divide them and plants
some outside to keep you indoor pots under control.
Peppermint, Mints(Mentha piperita); parts used: Leaves.
Great for teas and savory dishes. Mints are full of nutrients. High in calcium,
magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, selenium, potassium, sodium, iron, manganese,
vitamin C, silicon and zinc.
Mints are great for growing indoor herbs; they are prolific and
can handle being trimmed back. Mint grown from seeds do not always grow true.
Pick up a start from your local nursery or a cutting from the herb garden.
Thyme (thymus vulgaris); parts used: Leaves, flowers. The
thymol in thyme has antibacterial, antiseptic is and antioxidant and has
expectorant properties. Useful in coughs, colds and flu. Strengthens the lungs.
Thyme comes in so many varieties you choose which one
best suits you. Lemon thyme makes good herbal vinegar. Thyme grows well from
seed. Keep moist until germination. Keep
thyme trimmed to keep it compact.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum); parts used: leaves. Parsley is rich in vitamin C, A and Iron. Parsley can be a challenge to germinate taking 4 to 6 weeks. Buying plants from the nursery is easier.
Oregano (Origanum vulgare ); parts used: leaves. I grow
oregano outside I in my garden as well as indoors. I use this all winter in my
spaghetti and for pizzas. I love growing my own and oregano is very easy to grow
from seed. Keep moist until germinated. Oregano is a member of the mint family
and it spreads very quickly.
Basil (Ocimum basilicum ); parts used: leaves. Basil is
one of the best herbs for growing indoors. Basil is the queen of herbs. There
are lots of choices in varieties; lemon, Thai and Holy basil are a few of the
Dill (Anethum graveolens) parts used: leaves, seeds and stalks. Dill grows to 24 to 36 inches but do not let this discourage you from growing dill indoors. Dill leaves are potent and wonderful in salads and a great way to add freshness to any dish all year. Dill is easy to grow from seed. Keep the soil moist until germination.
Growing indoor herbs require sunshine of at least 6 to 8 hours a day. If you have a sunny window this should take care of the light needed for the plants.
If you don’t have a sunny window you can increase the
light needed for the plants by using some indoor lightning to make up the rest
of the light needed each day.
Enjoy the fun of growing indoor herbs!
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