You can grow FRESH HERBS throughout the year, even inside during the winter.
LOCATION: herbs need as much natural light as possible. Place them in a sunny spot near a window where they’ll get at least 4 hours of sun daily. Windows that face south or southwest are best.
TEMPERATURE: most herbs prefer the same temperatures that people do—around 65 to 70′ F. At night, temperatures near a window may drop to 40, especially a drafty window, but most herbs are okay with that too. Keep foliage from touching glass to protect from getting nipped by cold. Basil prefers temperatures in the 70’s day and night, so do not put them in a windowsill. Basil leaves will droop and fade after a short time in cool air or will turn black if they are chilled below 50’F.
WATERING: herbs should not be allowed to wilt but shouldn’t been left sitting in water either. Herbs prefer humidity, so the best is to set the pot in the sink to give the foliage a shower at least once a month. Whenever the soil has dried out and the plant is actively growing, then you should put a low dose of fertilizer in the water.
Many of us spend the winter looking through seed catalogs, dreaming of the warm weather to come, then planning out the vegetables, fruit and herbs you want to grow next summer. Each spring we have plants of many of your favorites, as well as new heirlooms and Burpee exclusive varieties.
With the unpredictable weather the past couple of years, you may want to look at trying a few different techniques & varieties to spread your risk and ensure you get something to eat.
1. Start some vegetables in containers and place in full sun, near the south wall of your house or building, so that they start as warm as possible. This will help them to grow faster and fruit earlier than the garden. You can even put potatoes in bags for earlier harvest mid summer. (we have them) Watch out for water though, as many vegetables will have adverse effects if they don’t get enough and frequent water (especially tomatoes with blossom end rot).
2. Mulch the ground around plants to help retain moisture, especially if we have a hot, dry summer. The side benefit is mulch keeps the weeds down too.
pictured above: Pepper Candy Cane Red, Tomato Stellar, Zucchini Cupcake, Brazelberries Baby Cakes Blackberry