Thanksgiving is about being thankful for blessings, spending time with loved ones, and food. Eating is one of my favorite activities. I love tasting new and delicious food and Thanksgiving equals delicious food. An essential part of making yummy dishes is the perfect blend of herbs and spices. Fresh herbs are my favorite way to add that special something to food. Fresh herbs are the secret ingredient. Our gardening expert, Gwen Clark, shares tips for keeping winter herbs in edible shape during the hard to grow winter months.
The photo above is from her greenhouse selection of indoor herbs. Gwen’s herbs look great, so don’t be intimidated – mine are a little yellow. I grow basil, parsley, and rosemary. The first thing to remember is that plants, herbs included, become dormant to “rest” in winter. Sunlight decreases and air temperature chills so the plants slow their growth in response to this. Although herbs grow indoors, they are especially sensitive to temperature and weather changes. They will not grow the same way as they do in warmer weather. Don’t expect the same growth or behavior, plants need rest from the mild shock they are going through.
Indoor herbs need to be placed near windows or a source of light. Even an indoor lamp will do, but don’t get your hopes up for major growth if this is your only light source.