Herbs That Thrive Inside During Winter

Fall is nearly here and that means the vendors at the Fort Collins-Loveland Farmers market are busy harvesting the “fruits of their labor” from the spring and summer. That is why now is such a great time to visit the markets. However, it also means that winter is just around the corner and you won’t be able to visit us for fresh produce until next season. With that in mind, we have a list of herbs you can start indoors to add some freshness to your meals this coming winter.

    1. Chives
      The vendors at Fort Collins-Loveland Farmers market definitely recommend you grow chives over the winter. That’s because the mild onion flavor complements sooo many different dishes! To keep chives happy:

      • Sun: 4 to 6 hours
      • Temperature: Average room temp (55°-75° degrees)
      • Soil: Twice a week when soil feels dry (the tips will turn yellow if they get too dry)
      • Harvest: Once the plant is about 6 inches tall, leaving at least 2 inches of growth
    2. Oregano
      If you’re big on Italian dishes and/or pizza, be sure to pot some oregano!

      • Sun: 6-8 hours
      • Temperature: Average room temp (55°-75°)
      • Soil: Well-drained sandy soil mix. Mix equal parts all-purpose potting mix and sharp sand. Or, use cactus-potting mix.
      • Water: Whenever soil feels dry; about once a week. Do NOT overwater, as oregano is susceptible to root rot.
      • Harvest: Once plant is 6 inches tall, cut stems as needed leaving at least two sets of leaves. Trim frequently for a compact, bushy plant.
    3. Rosemary
      Rosemary makes a great addition to soups, salads and dips.

      • Sun – At least 6 hours
      • Temperature: Average room temp (45°-70°)
      • Soil: Well-drained sandy soil. Mix equal parts of all-purpose potting mix and sharp sand or use cactus potting mix.
      • Water: All top few inches of soil to dry between waterings and then water thoroughly.
      • Harvest: Once plant is about 6 inches tall, cut stems as needed. New growth will continue forming on the stem, but it grows slowly, so do not harvest more than a third of your plant at a time.
    4. Thyme
      You’ll want Thyme around this winter for your chicken, pork, beef, and game meat dishes!

      • Sun: At least 6 hours
      • Temperature: Average room temp (50°-75°)
      • Soil: Well-drained sandy soil. Mix equal parts of all-purpose potting mix and sharp sand or use cactus potting mix.
      • Water: Allow top 1-inch of soil to dry out and then water thoroughly. Thyme is drought resistant once established.
      • Harvest: Once plant is established, trim as needed leaving at least 3-inch stems.s!
    5. Parsley
      For added flavor and color to your winter dishes, consider adding parsley to your indoor garden.

      • Sun: At least 6 hours
      • Temperature: Average room temp (50°-75°)
      • Soil: Well-drained sandy soil. Mix equal parts of all-purpose potting mix and sharp sand or use cactus potting mix.
      • Water: Twice a week when soil surface feels dry.
      • Harvest: Once plant is established, trim as needed leaving at least 2-inch stems.

 

Enjoy your winter herbs and be sure to visit us at the Fort Collins-Loveland markets this Fall to stock up on all the fresh produce still available!