Ok, so since I’m still learning (this blogging thing is no joke!) I’m going to make this easy on all of us. This post will be more about inspiration rather than learning (ok, there’s a tiny bit of learning). Seriously, no one really needs to be told how to grow herbs. Just go down to your local nursery, or even Trader Joe’s for that matter, and pick up a few pots of fresh herbs to put in your windowsill or other somewhat sunny patch in your house. Even if you don’t get a lot of sun in the winter, unless you’re in Alaska they should be fine with what you have. Water them every so often (not too much!), cut a little off here and there to use in your cooking or tea (mint!) and breathe in all of the oxygen they are pumping out into whatever your indoor space may be. Just looking at them can make you feel better.
I also have mint (not shown) that I often add to my nightly tea. Even when you buy herbs at the store in bunches, don’t just throw them into some corner or drawer in the fridge where they’re bound to be forgotten about. I cut the very end tips off the stems and put them in a jar of water on my windowsill in my kitchen so that I remember to use them.
It was a gorgeous day today in Ashland, as you can see from these photos! I decided to let my herbs get a little fresh air and more sun outside for a couple of hours, which is good to do when you have the chance in winter. They will soak in as much sun as they can get.
One problem that you may encounter, especially if you live in the Pacific NW or other areas prone to rain and humidity, is mold growing on the surface of the soil. I found the perfect solution… just scrape off the mold as best as you can and sprinkle cinnamon on the soil. It’s a natural anti fungal and works like a charm, plus is smells good, too!
Herbs, even regular culinary herbs like these, have profound effects on our health and should be used daily. Just having them around on a cold and rainy day makes me feel better, but besides that they are full of all sorts of good compounds for your body. I will talk about that more in another post, but for now… Grow some herbs!!!
This is part 1 in the Grow in Winter series. More to come!