Add the flavor of fresh herbs to your cooking this fall and winter with an indoor herb garden.
Think about creating a theme around a cuisine you love. Build an Italian garden with rosemary, basil and oregano. Put together a French container with lavender, thyme and parsley.
Many herbs do well indoors in five to six hours of direct sunlight, so a south-facing window works well. You might also try an unobstructed east or west window, or an indoor grow light. Fertilize lightly once a month with a balanced fertilizer.
Lack of humidity can be a problem when the furnace is running — occasional misting will help or place pots on a tray of gravel that can be kept moist.
Herbs are easy to grow and can add flavor to meat dishes, soups, stews, savory breads, dressings, teas and even sandwich spreads throughout the year. You can buy plants, take cuttings from existing plants or start new ones from seed.
Starting your own her garden also can be a great way to get children involved in growing things and learning more about where food comes from.
Garden Tip is courtesy of Heather Prince, The Growing Place, 630-355-4000, www.thegrowingplace.com