Winter Greens, an Indoor Tale
In many areas of the country buying locally grown, fresh produce can be a challenge in the winter months and you become reliant on produce that is shipped in from warmer climates and are not as fresh. A wonderful idea that makes good ‘eco’ sense and great pocket book sense too is to grow some vegetables and herbs indoors so that they can be used for every day cooking during the winter season. Indoor herb gardens and vegetable patches are a joy for children to tend to and they can be transplanted outdoors when the spring arrives.
You need a good, sunny spot in your kitchen or a designated indoor garden space. The kitchen is always a handy place for an edible, inside plot as the herbs and vegetables will be on hand to use while cooking. Herbs are always an indoor gardening favorite and they are amazingly easy to grow and maintain if treated with tender loving care.
The benefits from having an herb garden in your home are many, they are aromatic and add delicious fragrance to any room, they are gorgeous to look at and create an element of living beauty in a wintery, indoor environment. Finally, they are an organic, flavorful addition to any meal you prepare.
Plant your herbs in small container to start with; the plants can be re-potted when they grow too large. Use good, rich potting soil and add some organic fertilizer to boost growth. Some good choices for your indoor herb garden would be parsley, basil, mint, oregano, thyme, sage, and cilantro, lemongrass and rosemary. Violets are a great addition to your herb garden as look so pretty yet they are entirely edible; the petals can be used in salads or infused to brew a delicious tea. Make sure that the herbs receive a good five hours of sunlight daily or they will not thrive and keep the soil moist.
Growing vegetables involves more planning but the rewards numerous. Obviously space is an issue and you must consider this when planning your indoor plot; bear in mind that if you plant closer to spring then you can transfer your young plants to your outdoor garden when the weather becomes warmer. Small tomato plants and pepper plants are wonderful choices for an indoor garden and also miniature carrots are perfect for your inside plot. You must plant the vegetables in a container sufficiently large enough to let the plants flourish and grow and always choose and area that receives ample sunlight and keep them moist during the dry winter months.
What a great holiday gift for the family, fresh, homegrown greens that are nutritious, delicious and organic; this in an indoor tale with a very happy ending.