Your gardens is in peak harvest time, the beets, peas, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce and so many more wonderful veggies are in their prime and ready for picking, cooking and getting ready to store for the winter.
Herbs in the garden are ready to be taken in and dried for storing, or they can be chopped up or even bagged as is and simply thrown into the freezer to use throughout the winter. Elaine likes to pop herbs into ice cube trays with water and then just drop them into soups or stews. Dill, fennel, parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and mint – all can be dried or frozen.
Why not plant a herb garden for indoors for use in the winter? Here at Dunvegan we have herbs ready to plant inside or you can transplant some of your outside herbs into pots. Our recommendations for an indoor herb garden: Lavender, Parsley, Mint, Thyme, Basil, Rosemary, Chives, Fennel.
Things to remember as you plant your herbs.
- Light – herbs like a bright light environment. They really thrive well on 6-8 hours of direct sunlight on them. Did you know that herbs grown in the brighter light will actually have more flavour. If you do not have a bright area, we have CFL bulbs here at Dunvegan that will give your herbs the light they need. Parsley, Mint and Chives can grow well in less bright conditions.
- Temperature – between 60-70 degrees is the ideal temperature for your indoor herbs.
- Pots – choose the right pot for the herb and environment. Ceramic pots hold the moisture and would be best for a dry climate rather than clay pots. Containers must have good drainage and holes in the bottom of the container are a must. Be sure to place a saucer or drip tray under the plant. Basil has long roots and thus a long, tall pot would be best. Repurpose containers and mason jars into planters for your herbs.
- One Herb = One Pot. Grow each herb separately.
- Soil – never use soil from your garden, be sure to pick up a bag of potting soil, one with a good ratio of peat, perlite and sand. Our Dunvegan potting soil is an excellent choice.
- Water – try to have a regular schedule for watering. 2-3 times per week should be sufficient for the herbs.
- Fertilizer – during the winter, slow growing months, a once a month treatment of fertilizer is ideal. Use our Miracle Gro General Purpose fertilizer to help maintain strong and healthy plants.
Get a good start on your indoor herb gardens now and get those plants off to a great start outdoors before you bring them in for the winter. Have fun and keep gardening!