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Growing Herbs Indoors

October 26, 2023


Winter’s arrival might bring frost and snow, however, it does not mean that you have to stop growing your favorite garden to table accents; herbs. With a little care and the right know-how, you can cultivate a thriving indoor herb garden that defies the Canadian cold. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to the best herbs for indoor cultivation, the tools and products you’ll need, and some expert advice to keep your herbs flourishing during the winter months.


Choosing the Right Herbs:

When it comes to indoor herb gardening, not all herbs are created equal. Some thrive in the controlled conditions of your home, while others may struggle. Here are some herbs that do exceptionally well indoors:

  • Basil: A favorite for its versatile, fragrant leaves, basil is an excellent indoor herb. It’s a tender herb, so it will appreciate the stable indoor temperature.
  • Mint: Mint is a hardy herb that will grow prolifically indoors to accent your meals and cocktails. However, be sure to contain it within it’s own pot, as it can become invasive and denture other herbs from growing.
  • Parsley: Parsley’s compact growth habit makes it a great choice for indoor gardens for garnishes or salads. It’s also quite hardy.

  • Chives: These oniony delights are perfect for indoor cultivation. They require minimal fuss and will flourish on your windowsill.
  • Thyme: Thyme is a hardy herb with a delightful aroma. It prefers well-drained soil and bright, indirect light.
Essential Tools and Products:
  • Indoor Planters or Pots: Choose pots or containers with good drainage to prevent waterlogging, and make sure they’re appropriately sized for your chosen herbs.
  • Potting Mix: Use a high-quality natural/organic potting mix to ensure proper aeration and drainage for your herbs.
  • Light Source: While most herbs need plenty of light, natural sunlight might not be sufficient during the winter. Consider investing in a grow light to supplement their illumination.
  • Watering Can: A small, easy-to-control watering can is handy for keeping your herbs well-hydrated.
  • Fertilizer: Select a balanced, water-soluble, natural, or organic fertilizer to provide essential nutrients to your indoor herbs to help them thrive.
Some Expert Sheridan Advice:
  • Location Matters: Choose a sunny spot for your indoor herb garden, preferably a south or southwest-facing windowsill. If natural light is insufficient, supplement with a grow light for 12-16 hours a day.
  • Proper Watering: Herbs don’t like soggy roots. Ensure your pots have drainage holes, and water your herbs when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. Be mindful not to overwater.
  • Pruning: Regularly trim your herbs to encourage bushier growth. Remove any dead or yellowing leaves with sterilize scissors.
  • Fertilize with Care: Herbs are not heavy feeders. Use a balanced, water-soluble, organic/natural fertilizer at half the recommended strength every 4-6 weeks.
  • Harvest Thoughtfully: Harvest the leaves regularly but avoid taking more than a third of the plant at once. This helps your herbs grow back quickly.
  • Keep an Eye on Humidity: Indoor heating can dry the air. Mist your herbs occasionally to maintain the humidity they need.

With the right selection of herbs, quality potting mix, and some basic tools, you can create an indoor herb garden that thrives throughout the winter. It’s not only a source of fresh, flavorful ingredients but also a touch of green and life during the cold, gray months. Happy indoor gardening!