The weather outside is frightful-- frightfully teasing, that is. Today it may be freezing but just last week it felt like Spring. If this sporadic weather has you gardeners missing warmer days then don't fret. Even though it's still too early to plant anything outdoors you can still enjoy some new growth by starting your very own indoor herb garden.
It's easier than you think. Most herbs are hardy and grow very well with little extra attention. Just keep in mind three main factors: light, water, and temperature.
Arrange your plants in an area in your home where they'll get the most natural sunlight. Think east and south-facing windows. During the winter, your goal is to have about six hours of direct light a day.
Water plants when necessary. You want to avoid soggy, wet soil. Make sure that your pots have proper drainage to insure that there's no standing water, which leads to rotten roots. On the other opposite end of the spectrum is too little water. To test, push your finger into the soil about half an inch-- it should feel moist without being muddy.
The benefit to being indoors is that if you are comfortable, chances are your herbs will be as well. 60-70 degrees is ideal.
Ready to dive into herb gardening? Try these easy-to-grow herbs!