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Growing Herbs - All year long

Updated on February 9, 2011

Unfortunately for those of us who live in four season climates are unable to harvest fresh cut herbs from the garden all year long. We are forced to pay little extra for those out of season greens at local markets and grocery stores. Most often by the time they arrive to many of the big grocery stores they are already between 5-7 days old, not exactly freshly cut anymore, are they?

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to pick what you need when you need it without ever having to leave your house all year long? Well you can,by growing herbs all year long! You may not be able to grow everything that you do during the summers growing months, but if you have some south facing windows in your home that receives plenty of sunlight, you can bring some of your favorite herbs, like Rosemary in for the winter.

Grow Rosemayr All Year Long

Herbs that do well inside

1. Basil

2. chives

3. garlic chives

4. lavender

5. lemon balm

6. Marjoram

7. mint, oregano

8. sage

9. thyme.

Container gardening is a great way to enjoy your plants all year long.  Just simply carry them inside when the weather begins get too cold. Plants like Rosemary and basil are perfect for planting in containers. Keep your container plantings near the kitchen, and of course bring them in for the winter months. I also will use containers for planting invasive plants such as mint. As much as I love mint and use it in our soaps as well, I do not want it taken over the entire garden.

What to know about contianer planting

A 4 to 6 inch container is the perfect size and be sure that it has drainage holes in the bottom. You will want the container to fit in your windowsill or shelf. Fill the container with a high quality potting soil that has good drainage.

Your herbs will grow best in a window that receives southern exposure. They will require at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. If your plants are not receiving enough light you can always ad fluorescent lights, but keep in mind that if this is their primary source of light , to have the light on for 12- 14 hours and about 3 inches above the plant.

Be sure not to over water your plants during the winter months, herbs like Rosemary like it dry, and basil does not like to be watered at night. It is best to water earlier in the day and make sure the soil looks dry before watering again. The potting mix soil should have plenty of fertilizer in it to get the plant through several months; however if they begin to look pale a dilution of fertilizer about every two weeks should help. Also keep in mind to snip flowers as they appear.  Herbs will put out more energy when producing flowers making them less flavorable. If your herbs start to become too woody it is probably time to transplant them to a larger container, or outside or even perhaps throw them in the compost pile and start with a newer plant.


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    • oceansnsunsets profile image


      8 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I love to do container gardening, especially with herbs. Thanks for sharing this information with us!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Just the hub I need! I am wild about growing my own herbs along with anything else that will grow in the house. Your information is so very helpful. Thumbs up and a big thanks!

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Fantastic hub, very useful information, and all the rosemary I planted from seeds dyed, I am not good with the seeds, I would rather buy a small plant and watch it grow. Right now I am grow cat nip for kitty. Thank my dear friend for all you kind comments, you a simply awesome, and so is your hubs, your fan and friend, darski

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for this - I love cooking with fresh herbs and these ideas will help me make that possible all year round. Bookmarked!

      Love and peace


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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      rpalulis, it's done...your now linked in on my infusions hub and will feel free to do so when ever a connection fits. I understand I'm jealous you get to work outside. I love playing in the dirt myself. . . now if your planting things I'm really gonna be jealous. Not to bother with the response time I understand... NOW get back to work and I'll leave you to it! Peace :)

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Yes you absolutely can link to any of my hubs, as I would love to do the same. I must ask for patience though I am in my busiest season which does not permit me to spend nearly the amount of time I would like to in front of the computer writing articles and becoming more familiar with this site. Most of my reading and commenting is done on my phone, when I can catch a few breaks through out the day. I have many new hubs on the way and would love to do some link sharing. I will keep in touch.

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      rpalulis, I love this hub may I link it to my infusions bath hub? Great topic and advice. Thanks and Peace :)

    • Michael Shane profile image

      Michael Shane 

      8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Great advice & tips for growing herbs! Thanks rpaluilus...

    • rpalulis profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from NY

      Thank you, yes this system has worked out very well for us and can't wait to add to it

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Fresh herbs are wonderful when cooking and I think you have a great system worked out. Good hub.


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