Well, actually anytime of year is a great time for starting herbs from seeds indoors but especially now as the colder months sweep over us. It’s so heartening to enjoy the aroma of fresh growing herbs to brighten the most blustery of winter days!
Growing Herbs Indoors, by Condrad Richter
Excerpt: “Everyone seems to want to grow herbs these days. And why not? Herbs pay triple dividends in good looks, good flavors, and good scents. The magic of freshly chopped chives sprinkled over an omelet or soup; the Mediterranean charms of fresh rosemary, oregano, and thyme; the intoxicating aroma of lemon verbena – all make it difficult not to get passionate about herbs. And these rewards aren’t limited to the summer garden. Even just a few pots indoors can supply you with wonderful flavors and herbal gifts through the rest of the year.”
This great article covers everything from the best plants to try and important tips on watering and fertilizing (yes it’s actually needed when growing herbs in pots indoors, contrary to the popular belief that they grow best in poor soil) to the essential steps to assist outdoor plants adjust to life indoors.
There are many, many articles out there on growing herbs on your windowsills so I encourage you to do a search and check them out. My own experience has shown that, for me, working with even two or three especially hardy and successful herbs is better than trying too many and getting discouraged. My personal favorites are flat-leaf parsley, rosemary and chives. I’ve had good luck with mint for a while, until it gets all ‘leggy’ and outgrows its pot. However it comes from seed so easily I’m starting again since I enjoy fresh mint so much.
So by all means give it a go! Cover the bottom of a nice little clay pot with a section of screen-material, fill with quality potting soil (without peat moss please!) place on a saucer to catch the water, and give seeds a try or even better is to pick up small herb pots from your local greenhouse. It’s worth a try and hey, you might even end up with enough to share as holiday gifts. Good luck!