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Gardening in the Winter – Herbs 101

Does anyone else love gardening?  My soul longs for it in the Winter.  I frequently catch myself looking outside at the brown bare dirt where a few months before was a lush growing oasis.  I then catch myself making big plans for the coming Spring, which is probably why I always plant enough to feed the entire neighborhood.

So in order to tame the gardening beast, I like to plant herbs indoors.  My girls think it is the greatest thing ever!  They love to push a seed into the dirt and then watch it grow over the coming days and weeks.  I think doing this with your children is a great way to help them learn where our food really comes from.   The other great thing about herbs is that they are hardy plants and grow well, making it an excellent first plant for your child.

There are a couple of ways to plant an herb garden with your kids:

1) Go buy an indoor herb garden kit from the store (Or get one for Christmas…..which is what I did)

Gardening in the Winter - Herbs 101. Put your green thumb to good use during the winter months!

2) Make one out of an egg carton.  What you will need:

  • Foam egg carton
  • Toothpicks
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds

Cut the lid and flaps off the egg carton.  Poke a hole with a toothpick in each little cup.  Fill with potting soil.  Place a couple of seeds into each cup – remember where you plant what!  Cover with a little soil and add a little water.  Place in a sunny place on top of the lid that you cut off.  Voila!  Herb garden Extraordinaire!

Gardening in the Winter - Herbs 101. Put your green thumb to good use during the winter months!

Once the herbs start growing, you will likely need to move them to bigger containers.  Some good herbs to plant indoors:  Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Chives, Mint, Lemongrass, Bay. Can’t you just smell all of the good things you are going to make with your fresh herbs?

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Keitha says:

I told my son we would grow an herb garden, but have not gotten around to starting one. I have a brown thumb. This post is motivating me to get started.

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Brenda says:

No matter what the season, a person who likes gardening will always be thinking about it. I think kids should be greatly encouraged into gardening as maybe someday they will be dependent on growing their own food and your little project is a great start!!!

I don`t have a house I live in a building but if i had a house I 100% will have a garden but f……..:)

Jenny says:

You can do this with cardboard egg cartons too (and avoid the polystyrene in most foam products). Water gently so as not to soak the cardboard through (place on plate just to make sure); separate the egg compartments before you plant or after the seedlings have taken root; then you can transplant the whole piece directly to a larger container or outdoors since the cardboard will decompose! Thanks for the inspiration!

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HCG Drops says:

we are growing herbs at our garden from long time and really there are many benefits that we are getting because of growing herbs at our garden.

garden help says:

they actually help your garden grow to its full potential by eating or otherwise killing plant-damaging insects.

I think if you show new things related to garden , Plants and some exciting things definatelly he is ready.

I have my own garden and i love the gardening. The information you shared is very useful for me and i kept it all.

Acey says:

right now I can put the pots on the radiator near the window but during the winter, will the heat wither my herbs/flowers?

Amy says:

I think it would Acey.. but I have no experience in that.

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