How to Grow Herbs Indoors this Winter
I don’t know about you, but I get so depressed over the winter when everything is dark and dreary that I NEED to grow things.
Of course, it can be tough to grow things when it’s dark and dreary in the winter! Wow! What a Catch-22!
BUT, herbs can be the answer. They’re so easy to grow, even in a sunny windowsill indoors. They’re also great because many of them germinate and grow quickly. Instant gratification, anyone?
The best part? Many of them are wonderful for adding to recipes or making teas. Sounds good to me!
So what I’ve come up with is an Herb of the Month Challenge for my readers.
It’s going to run from November 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020 (can you believe 2020 is almost here already?).
There will be five herbs to grow, one per month, to keep things manageable, even for complete growing newbies.
I’ve specifically chosen these herbs for their ease of growing and their utility. They all have at least one culinary use, so you’ll be able to not only grow them, but use them as well.
- November ~ Month 1 ~ Mint (pick your favorite)
- December ~ Month 2 ~ Oregano
- January ~ Month 3 ~ Basil
- February ~ Month 4 ~ Dill
- March ~ Month 5 ~ Chamomile
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I’ll get into the specifics below, but generally, you’ll need to actually grow the herbs (surprise! surprise!) and participate in my Facebook group.
So, what’s in it for you? Well, besides some lovely plants and yummy herbs, anyone who actively participates throughout the whole challenge will be entered into a drawing at the end.
The most important question ~ What will you win?
Well, you’ve got a choice. If you win, you can choose one of the following options (shipped directly to you):
- The Homesteaders Herbal Companion book
- Set of Windowsill Herb Pots
- Herb Grinder (your choice of color)
- $25 Amazon gift card
What you Need to Do to Participate in the Challenge
First, be sure to sign up below to receive your FREE Growing Herbs Indoors e-book. I’ve created the book specifically for this challenge. It covers growing and care tips for each of the five herbs, plus workbook pages to help you keep track of planting and care tasks.
Next, be sure to head over to Facebook and sign up for my Crazy Mama’s Organic Gardeners Facebook group here right away. We’ll be taking over the group every Saturday to participate in the challenge, but don’t worry, you’ll have full access to the group and can participate any day of the week if you’d like.
Of course, you’ll also want to buy or order the seeds for the five herbs as soon as possible. You may still be able to find some seeds at your local garden center, Home Depot, Lowe’s or Tractor Supply. If not, you’ll find online ordering links below.
Although the challenge “officially” starts November 1st, you may want to get your first plant (mint) started two weeks before, around October 15th. Likewise, each month, you’ll want to start your next plant the 15th of the month, so oregano on November 15th, basil on December 15th, etc. That way, once the new month starts, your plants will (hopefully) be germinating and you’ll be able to share your progress in the group.
Supplies You’ll Need to Grow your Herbs
You will, of course, need seeds, as we discussed above. Besides that, supplies are minimal. You’ll need some type of pots to put them in, a good quality potting soil and a sunny window. That’s about it!
I particularly like Happy Frog potting soil, but any good soil will do. I would NOT suggest using soil from your garden outside as you chance bringing in insects and disease.
You don’t need fancy pots to grow your herbs either. You want to make sure the pots you use have good drainage and a tray under them to catch runoff, but that’s about it. Here’s a nice little set if you need them (as a bonus, they’re really pretty colors!)
My hope with this challenge is to encourage you to try something new, particularly if you’ve never grown herbs before. Maybe you’ve never grown anything before. Then I DEFINITELY want you to participate. Just a little bit of success with growing can be so satisfying, and will hopefully encourage you to try your hand at other, maybe bigger, growing projects later on.
Maybe you’re a really experienced grower. I’d love to have you too! You may know things I don’t, or be able to answer questions for the newbies in the group.
Everyone is welcome, so I hope you’ll sign up and participate.
Let’s get growing!