Fall is a great time to begin an indoor herb garden. By planting now, these herbs will be ready for harvesting just in time to garnish your meals throughout fall & winter seasons.
To begin, start paying attention to the sunlight in your home. Herbs will need about 6 hours of sunlight per day. Usually, a southern exposure is the best choice, but an east/west exposure can work as well.
Next you’ll want to consider your pots. Because these plants will be in your home, you’ll want to choose pots that fit in with your décor, as well as accommodate the plant’s root structure. Good drainage is also a must, as too much water will cause root rot.
The water needs of your herbs will vary depending on the herb you are growing. To determine whether or not you need to water, let your finger be your guide! If the soil is dry 1-2 inches below the surface, then it is time to water. Or, you can use a soil moisture meter to determine when to water. Frisco residents can pick up a free soil moisture meter at Public Works, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Once your herbs are growing, feel free to harvest. For woody herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, you’ll want to harvest by stripping the plant. Cut off a sprig, and run your fingers down the length, pulling off leaves as you go. For leafy herbs, you’ll want to snip or pinch off young stems.
By establishing an indoor herb garden in the Fall, you’ll save some money at the grocery store, enjoy flavorful food throughout the fall and winter, and bring the beauty of a living plant into your home – this is especially important as our lawns go dormant and blonde.