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Growing Plants in the Winter – Basil, Oregano, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

old-photo-of-child-and-plantsDo you miss the fresh veggies and herbs from your garden?  Do you long for the farmers market to start up again in the spring? Why not consider growing a small window garden in your kitchen. Although herbs do best outdoors, they can be successfully grown inside for a limited time.

The truth pf the matter is, there is nothing better than being able to pick your own fresh herbs for your next meal. They are far tastier than the dried version and a lot more cost effective. Besides, they really do not require a lot of time and care.

The Secret

To increase plant size and encourage growth, plant in larger pots. As well, use the herbs often or keep your plants trimmed to stimulate growth. Otherwise the plants could go to seed then stop producing.  Another tip that encourages good health is to allow your plants to dry out between watering. As well, plant in well-drained porous soil and place the pot in full sun. Also, try not to fertilize a lot, it can burn the leaves and actually stunt the growth.

Some of the easiest plants to grow are basil, oregano, sage, rosemary and thyme.  And for “ready to be used upon arrival” items, try ordering online directly from dealers or from Amazon where you will find quality and something to fit your budget.

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One of the top sellers on Amazon is an Organic Gourmet Herb Collection that is ready to place in the window. However, the plants can be placed in a nice window planter like a Stainless Steel window box with an antique copper finish by H Potter.

The culinary herb arrangement is sold and shipped by Stargazer Perennials. As well, they have a 4 star for the plants that are sold that include many positive reviews like:

Herb Plants by Caroline R on September 3, 2014 (Verified Purchase average votes are a 5 star). “I really love my herb plants. I am growing them inside and they seem to be doing alright. I have heard that herbs are best grown outside, but I live in an apartment and cannot plant them outside. We’ll see what happens. I like to use fresh herbs in my cooking.”

Moreover, the plants are certified organic and perfect for container gardening.

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For basil lovers, there are several growers that are certified organic and non-GMO.  One of the most renowned is Bellacia Garden. And one of their best offers is for 2 basil Genovese live plants that come with a free gift Green Selfwatering Pot.

Garlic

Oh, a reminder for all gardeners, it is not too late to get your garlic planted for the fall (depending on where you live). Plant now and you will have an earlier and better crop the coming season. Stargazer Perennials has outstanding gourmet organic garlic.

Great Recipes

Here are a few amazing recipes that use fresh herbs from your kitchen window.

Basil: Traditional Pesto

Oregano: Spinach Avocado Salad with Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette

Sage: Traditional Onion & Sage Stuffing | Vegetarian

Rosemary: Easy Focaccia Bread with Garlic and Rosemary

Thyme: Pasta with Wild Mushrooms, Garlic & Thyme

Picture Credits

Herbs with cat: Rachel Ford James Things I’m Growing in My Apartment via photopin (license)

Old photo of child and plants: Beverly & Pack Vintage Portrait Photo Picture of a Little Blonde Girl in a Room of Plants and Sunshine via photopin (license)

Basil: ~Brenda-Starr~ Basil via photopin (license)

Plants and herbs in crate: Foodlander

Windowsill: Marianne Madden

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