This post is for those of you that we can’t convince to get out into your garden in the chilly Autumn and Winter weather. Something us foodies can’t do without are our fresh and fragrant herbs! These cool weather herbs will do well indoors even in the cold autumn and winter months.
Before we delve into which herbs you should be growing indoors this season let’s talk about growing conditions. It is only natural that growth will be slower due to the lower temperatures.
If you’re impatient and like technology, to avoid slow growth we have a solution for this with our Kitchen Hydroponic systems which have LED grow lights, water reservoirs and some even notify you when they need more water! 2 good options are the Urban Nano which is suitable for growing 1 herb type at a time or the Plant!t Hydroponic Herb Garden which is suitable for growing several varieties at once and is not only functional but a show stopper with its sleek design and beautiful looks! A cost effective option to use if you want to speed up growth using your own pot is the Urban Clip LED light. You can simply clip the light onto a counter, plug it into a USB and it will provide coverage light coverage for two small pots.
If you don’t want to break the bank and can live with slightly slower growth then all you need are pots, drip trays and a sunny windowsill where you can plant your herbs. Please remember to keep them watered so that the soil is moist but not waterlogged. A great option for planting herbs on the windowsill are our self watering urban hydroponic pots which are affordable and save time watering.
Now, let us jump in and look at our favourite herbs for winter planting!
Basil - If you already have a favourite basil variety that produces lots of tasty leaves, there's no reason why you can't keep enjoying it indoors throughout the autumn and winter. Placed in a spot on a sunny windowsill, it will thrive throughout the cold months. Click here for the basil seeds we offer.
Chervil – Likes sun so definitely needs to be planted in a spot that gets several hours of sun a day. Click here for the chervil seeds we offer.
Chives - Chives are one of the easiest plants to grow indoors over winter. They tolerate the lower light of the winter sun and typical temperature fluctuations that they may experience on a kitchen windowsill. Choose between regular chives or the more pungent Garlic chives or why not just grow both? Click here for the chives seeds we offer.
Corinader / Cilantro - Coriander grows best during the cooler months of the year. In summer the plant transitions from leafy to seedy too quickly and it's hard to make use of the leaves. In autumn, winter and spring it stays leafy for longer. Click here for the coriander seeds we offer.
Dill - Dill prefers cool weather and it's relatively easy to grow indoors. Click here for the dill seeds we offer.
Lemon balm – Lemon balm is a hardy perennial shrub that can be grown indoors year round. Click here for the lemon balm seeds we offer.
Oregano – Oregano is a great choice for the kitchen windowsill that gets some light and you will be able to harvest throughout winter. Click here for the oregano seeds we offer.
Parsley – Parsley is very rewarding to grow in winter and copes well with the colder temperatures. Why not try curly and flat leaf parsley this winter? Click here for the parsley seeds we offer.
Sage – Sage is a cold hardy herb so is ideal to be part of your indoor winter herb garden. Click here for the sage seeds we offer.
Thyme – Thyme is a hardy perennial herb that will thrive in the colder months. Click here for the thyme seeds we offer.
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About the Author
Grant Muller is an avid gardener with over 30 years experience having grown a wide variety of plants from seed with a special emphasis on growing your own fresh food. Grants' ethos is that growing your own should be a natural part of life and should encompass the whole family. Grant also has a special interest in growing succulents, ornamentals and trees.