You may not be blessed with a large enough garden to grow plants in. What is more, you may not be able to because of climate conditions: the approaching winter and cold weather can surely hinder your efforts.
Not all hope is lost. Herbs are wonderful plants to grow indoors on a sunny windowsill. Autumn is the perfect time to start your indoor herb garden. Also, they are highly resilient, can withstand cold temperatures and do not require much effort.
If you feel like using fresh herbs for your winter meals, consider these five options:
- Oregano – are you a fan of Italian dishes? Do pizza and pasta commonly make the essence of your family’s dinner? If the answer is ‘yes’, then oregano is a must. This herb is a staple in Italian dishes and is most commonly found in pizza topping. It makes for a great addition to your windowsill herb garden. It needs about 6 hours of sun and average room temperature. It tolerates fluctuations between 13 and 24 degrees Celsius. Use a sandy, well-drained soil mix, or a ready cactus mix. On average you should water the plant once every week. Make sure you do not overwater, as this herb is susceptible to root rot. Once oregano reaches 6 inches, it is good enough for harvest and use.
- Chives – if you only grow one herb, there is a good chance that chives make the best option. Chives, with its distinct mild onion flavour, makes for a perfect addition to many dishes. It only requires 4-6 hours of sun exposure daily and a temperature range within 12-24 Celsius. The all-purpose potting mix works well with chives. Check the surface with your hand and water if it feels dry. Twice a week should be enough.
- Thyme – if your family enjoys meat, then thyme is a must-include in your indoor herb garden. It provides intense flavour to any meat dish, such as pork, chicken and beef. It needs 6 hours of sun and temperature ranges between 10 and 24 degrees Celsius. It grows well in sandy soil and water it when the 1st inch of soil is dry. Once the herb has established, it is drought-resistant.
- Rosemary – aromatic rosemary needs about 6 hours of sun. It is very cold-resistant and tolerates temperatures as low as 7 degrees. Rosemary prefers dry conditions, so don’t overwater it. Allow few inches of soil to dry out before you water it. You can cut plant stems when they reach 6 inches. Since rosemary is a slow grower, make sure you do not harvest more than a third of the plant at a time.
- Parsley – Parsley is favoured for its ability to add freshness and colour to many dishes. It needs room temperatures of 13 to 24 degrees and 6 hours of sun. Water twice a week and cut stems when the plant is established.
These five herbs make for a perfect addition to any home. Plant them indoors in autumn, and you can enjoy their flavour in the winter.