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Embrace Greenery And Fresh Flavors With An Indoor Herb Garden This Winter

 

 

The cold winds of winter may have ended your outdoor gardening adventures. But you don’t need to bid adieu to your beloved green thumb. This fall and winter, why not embark on an exciting journey into indoor herb gardening?

With the right conditions, a windowsill herb garden can be a delightful and rewarding experience, requiring minimal time and effort. All you need is a sunny spot, and you’ll have the opportunity to cultivate an herb garden that provides fresh flavors to enhance your meals throughout the chilly months.

Let’s delve into the basics of creating and nurturing an indoor herb garden, so you can enjoy a thriving mini-Eden in your home.

  • Light

Herbs thrive on light, so one of the critical factors for success in indoor herb gardening is providing the right amount of sunlight.

To ensure the best possible growth, position your herb plants in a spot where they will receive full and direct sunlight for at least six hours each day. This requirement is vital for their photosynthesis and overall health.

  • Watering

Proper watering is crucial in maintaining the well-being of your indoor herbs. Most herbs prefer soil that is consistently moist but well-drained to prevent root rot. Be cautious about watering your container herbs appropriately, which can lead to this undesirable condition. To avoid such issues, use containers with adequate drainage holes and always check the soil’s moisture level before watering. When you do water, remember to apply it at the base of the Plant rather than on top to prevent waterlogging.

  • Containers

The choice of containers can significantly impact the success of your indoor herb garden.  Different types of containers have unique characteristics that you should be aware of. Clay pots, for example, promote excellent air circulation around the roots, but they tend to dry out faster and may require more frequent watering. In contrast, glazed ceramic pots have a more limited air circulation but are excellent at retaining moisture. Understanding the properties of your chosen container will help you manage your watering schedule effectively.

Herbs to Consider

Now that you have the basic principles in mind, let’s explore some herb varieties that are well-suited for indoor gardening:

  • Chives

Chives are perfect candidates for container gardening, and they can be easily moved between indoor and outdoor settings with the changing seasons. To ensure their well-being, make sure the soil is not consistently wet. When harvesting, always pick the leaves from the outer part of the plant to encourage continuous growth.

  • Dill

Dill is often best started from seeds because it doesn’t transplant well. As your dill plants mature, thin the seedlings to prevent overcrowding. This will help each plant develop more effectively.

  • Parsley

Parsley is another herb that thrives when grown indoors. To prolong its growth, harvest small amounts at a time and trim back any flowers as soon as they appear. Remember that parsley leaves lose their flavor after the plant has bloomed.

  • Cilantro

If you have a spacious window box for growing herbs, consider planting dill, cilantro and parsley together, as they share similar water requirements. This approach makes it easier to manage their care. When spring arrives, you can continue growing them in Containers or transplant them into your outdoor garden.

In conclusion

The winter season doesn’t have to mean the end of your gardening endeavors. With proper care and attention, you can nurture a thriving indoor herb garden that not only adds a touch of greenery to your home but also provides a fresh and flavorful addition to your culinary creations. So, why wait? Get started on your indoor herb garden journey today, and let the aroma and taste of fresh herbs enrich your winter days.

 

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Water your landscape

Water your landscape

The Front Range continues to experience drought conditions. To avoid winter drought stress, we need to water our landscapes. Drought stress can dehydrate roots. Freeze damage can leave plants vulnerable to insects or other stressors later. Stressed lawns can attract pests like turf mites. By the time summer heat returns, your plants may no longer be strong enough to survive.

Warm days during fall and winter dry out plants and roots. Supplemental watering during dry spells in the fall and winter can keep plants healthy enough to move on and deal with the next stress factor more successfully. Here are some tips for successful cold-season watering:

  • If you check the soil and it is dry down to about 3 inches deep, then you should apply supplemental water to the lawn, trees and other plants.
  • As long as daytime temps are above freezing and the soil is not frozen, plants can be watered.
  • It’s best to water trees with a deep root watering device attached to the hose so that water gets deeper into the soil where roots live. A landscape or tree professional can help you with this.

Run the hose with a sprinkler attached to water the lawn. Just as you should do in the summer, use a cycle-and-soak approach to give the lawn a long, slow drink that it can absorb.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

Add some plants

Add some plants

The hottest days of the summer are over, and things should be cooling down soon. It’s a good time to add plants to our landscapes. Since irrigation systems will still be running for a couple more months, there’s time to water new plants and help them get established before winter.

  • Planting now gives new plants a head-start on next growing season. When spring comes around, they’ll be established and ready to take off and grow.
  • Choose the right plants. Look for plants that can thrive in Colorado. Our elevation and at times harsh environment can be a challenge for plants. And with ever-present drought, it’s important to choose plants with low water requirements. Don’t limit yourself to flowering perennials, either. Consider adding trees or shrubs to your landscape, too.
  • Be flexible. A local nursery or garden center or a landscape professional can guide you to plants that will enhance your landscape despite the challenges. But have a few choices in mind; supplies may be limited. Many have turned to gardening and renovating their landscapes during the pandemic, and growers can’t make new plants overnight.

Follow this checklist when establishing plants now or any time of year:

  • Place plants according to the micro-environments within your landscape. Match plant needs to locations in the yard that provide sun or shade, good or poor drainage, shelter from buildings, etc.
  • Know how large plants will be at maturity and avoid placing soon-to-be large plants too close together. Give them the space they need to grow without being overcrowded.
  • Group plants with similar water requirements together so you can water them efficiently without over-watering some or under-watering others.
  • Remember that even very low-water plants require regular drinks of water to become established. Make sure they get established before cutting back to little to no water.
  • Place mulch around newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials to help retain moisture.
  • After the sprinkler system is winterized, check plants regularly and water as needed especially during times with little or no precipitation.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

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