How To Grow Fresh Herbs All Year

 

Perennial herbs, like oregano, rosemary, thyme, bay laurel, mint, and chives, are the easiest to grow from all the young plants you get at a garden center. You may also use tiny plants dug from a garden. Many herbs can start from cuttings, too. For example, mint and basil are easy to root in any glass full of water. Like basil, chervil, and cilantro, some herbs are perfect for getting started with the seed and replanted during the year.

Before purchasing plants or getting them from the garden, you should check for pests. Spider mites, aphids, and scale are some common mites on many herbs. Scale and aphids create sticky droppings surrounding the plant. Spider mites create delicate webs within the leaves. If you find the pests, you can wash those off temporarily with soapy, tepid water, but this is best to start with the pest-free plant. To prevent any problems, avoid crowding of the plants. Try to ensure good airflow around each one.

Bay

Bay is a perennial herb that is best utilizing the container gardening method. Put the pot in the west or east-facing window; make sure that it does not become crowded. Bay requires air circulation to be healthy.

Chervil

Begin chervil seeds in the late summer. The herb, also known as French parsley, can grow well in reduced light but requires temperatures within 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive.

Chives

At the end of the growing season, start digging up a bunch of chives from the garden and then replant it in a new pot. Leave that pot outdoors until those leaves die back. In the early winter season, move that pot to the classiest indoor spot (such as the basement) for some days. Then place that in front of the sunniest window.

Oregano

The best is to start with a tip that is cut from any outdoor oregano seedling. Once you’ve planted the tip in a pot, place the same in the south-facing window.

Parsley

You can begin with parsley from the seeds or dig up the bunch from the garden during the ending of the season. This parsley prefers full sun as it grows slowly in the west and east-facing window.

Rosemary

Start by cutting rosemary and keep that in the moist without soil mix till its roots. It will grow best in the south-facing window. Expect the kitchen to smell fresh during the cooler seasons with the herb’s pungent scent — it is just like the natural air freshener.

Sage

Take a tip cut from the outdoor plant to begin the indoor sage plant. This can tolerate indoor, dry air well, but it requires the intense sun from the south-facing pane.

Thyme

You may start thyme indoors by rooting a soft tip cut from an outdoor plant or dig up and remove the whole thing. Thyme prefers full sun but can grow in the west or east-facing windows.

Conclusion

For any beginner herb raiser, a nursery visit will generate newborn herb plants perfect for any container, indoor window box planter, or any large pot. The last one is an excellent way to build an instant indoor herb garden: place broken pottery pieces or rocks in the bottom of the pot for drainage, then fill that pot with some soil mix. Tuck the baby herb plants—parsley, oregano, mint, or chives —into every opening when the soil level increases, and finish with the group of herbs at the top. Set that mini-garden in front of the sunny window, turning that pot whenever you water, so all the plants receive plenty of light.

The experienced indoor gardeners may try growing perennial herbs from the seed. It is a useful strategy for the leafier herbs—oregano, basil, dill, cilantro — germinating and growing fast. Parsley might be started from the seed, too, but you have to keep patience: it’s prolonged to germinate. Indoor herbs will not enter summer garden height or size; pinch the baby plants such as basil back to above the set of leaves when young to stimulate extra branching.