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Windowsill Herbs

By January 14, 2013

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Windowsill herbs are often more of a romantic notion than a practical one. Unfortunately the time of year we long for them most, is also the most difficult time to grow them well. It's hard to keep them happy with enough light, heat and moisture. Hard, but not impossible. Actually, I find the hardest part about growing herbs indoors is getting a plant large enough to clip frequently, but small enough to remain indoors.

I have better luck bringing plants indoors at the end of summer, rather than starting them from seed inside. That could be because I'm impatient or it could be that they're already pretty hardy and can handle less than ideal conditions. A few pots on the windowsill aren't as indulgent as bushes of basil in the garden, but they do keep me from feeling totally deprived. I'd love to hear what edibles you grow indoors.

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January 28, 2013 at 1:09 pm
(1) Kevin says:

I was really hoping that you would get some comments on this. I would like to know how people have managed to get their herbs to grow without a south facing window. Right now, I’m working on the little details of growing from seed underneath a fluorescent light source. I have, unsuspectingly, maintained endive from a seed in a non-soil starter, and then moved it to a soil pot. It seems to be doing very well, even after it’s brothers and sisters haven’t fared so well.

February 5, 2013 at 12:29 pm
(2) gardening says:

Hi, Kevin. It would have been nice to hear from a few more people. I can tell you that when I use fluorescents, I have them almost touching the plants. More recently, I use a clip on lamp with a large grow bulb, for the herbs. It’s more expensive to run than a fluorescent light, but I think they like the heat.

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