Although it may be absolutely freezing outside with snow everywhere, growing herbs and veggies is not out of the question! Creating an indoor garden during wintertime is possible for successfully growing certain types of herbs and vegetables. Find a spot in your home that receives about 6 hours of sunlight during the day, such as a south-facing window, purchase some plant containers and potting soil, and get started on your indoor garden!
Herbs & Veggies
Since some herbs can easily acclimate to indoor conditions, it is possible to dig certain herbs up from your garden and re-pot in your indoor garden. The best herbs to move from outdoors to indoors include thyme, oregano, chives, and mint. When doing so, make sure to shake off excess soil from the roots of the herbs prior to re-potting. As mentioned above, pot these herbs in a container with potting soil in a space that receives lots of sunlight.
Alternatively, there are some herbs and vegetables that will thrive when starting from seeds. This is a great option for annual herbs, especially leafy herbs that germinate fast and then grow quickly. This includes basil, cilantro, oregano, and dill. In addition to leafy herbs, woody herbs also grow well indoors in window boxes. The best herbs to grow this way include rosemary, chives, oregano, and thyme. In addition to herbs, there are several veggies that will grow in indoor environments during wintertime! These include leafy greens such as lettuce, arugula, kale, and cabbage, plus other vegetables like tomatoes and peppers.
How to Care for Indoor Gardens
When growing herbs and vegetables indoors throughout the winter season, properly caring for them is so crucial to ensure they thrive!
Here are a few tips to remember:
Light Requirements: Make sure your pots are placed in spots where they will receive as much sunlight as possible. Herbs and veggies indoors will grow best in bright light, so it is best to place them near a south-facing window that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Alternatively, you can also use grow lights to help increase the amount of light the plants are receiving.
Water Needs: Water your herbs and veggies regularly, especially when they are first starting to grow, however be careful not to overwater. Many herbs do not grow well in soggy soil, so make sure to water only when the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry.
Humidity Levels: Since many homes are dry during the winter, they lack the humidity levels herbs may need to grow. To add humidity, place a humidifier in the room near your plants, regularly mist your plants, or group similar plants together.
Pest Prevention: If you are digging up plants from outside to repot inside, check carefully for any pests. If you do see any, make sure to isolate the herbs or veggie plants with pests and spray them with a water and natural dish soap mixture regularly until the pest issue is resolved.
Remember to be patient as your herbs and veggies grow! Once grown, make sure to check out our Plant-Based Recipes for ways you can add your home-grown vegetables and herbs to your home-cooked meals!