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Growing Herbs on your Window Sill

Many herbs will grow quite well inside in a bright location, and with a little care you can snip and use fresh herbs throughout the long cold winter. The key will be to choose a spot with as much natural sunlight as possible (a Southern or Western exposure is best) and try not to put them in a place that’s susceptible to cold drafts.

Select a container that is large enough to accommodate a little growth but not so large that the soil will not drain and dry quickly. It’s best to use freshly growing herbs, instead of digging them out of the garden- you don’t want to bring soil borne diseases or insects into the house. Alternately, you could take cuttings of your herbs in the summer time, and use these after they have rooted. Use a soil less potting mix (typically these would be peat-based), also, which will give you proper drainage and usually have at least some nutrients added to help early growth. Don’t keep it too wet (water just when the top 1/2 “ to 1” of soil is dry to the touch) and fertilize VERY LIGHTLY about once per month. In the spring, after danger of frost, you can pop it out of it’s container if you like and plant it outside.

Here are some good herb plants that should do well, but don’t be afraid to experiment with others!

  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Winter Savory
  • Chives
  • Marjoram
  • Dwarf Dill
  • Cilantro

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