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Old 01/18/11, 11:36 AM
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Can you grow fresh herbs all year round??

Just wondering is it possible to grow fresh herbs all year round inside?? If so do you need special lights or heat lamps??

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Old 01/18/11, 03:40 PM
 
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I grow basil under plant lights on my plant stand. And I grow rosemary next to the window. They both like warm temperatures.

I haven't tried any others, but the perennials that grow outside in my herb garden survive my zone 5 (minus 20 F) temperatures, so I figure they won't like the warm inside night temperatures.

I just posted these herb ideas on my website, if you're interested...

http://www.growgreatvegetables.com/greatfood/herbs.html

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Old 01/18/11, 03:55 PM
 
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Herbs under lights

I grow herbs under lights. I keep a running video/photo journal blog. See the link below.

Starting up another round as we speak!!

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Old 01/18/11, 05:37 PM
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I keep a few annuals inside in the winter on a rotational basis. Just enough for my use, not enough for sales. And I just keep them on a south facing windowsill in my kitchen, no lights. They do tend to get leggy, but they're usable and not too bad. Right now I have basil and cilantro.

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The only herb outside that has lived for me is Rosemary...it surprises me, and keeps on growing.....mine is in the top of my strawberry barrel...I have some mint plants I am trying to save inside, but they do not look too good.

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Old 01/19/11, 12:47 PM
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You can grow almost anything inside with grow lights. Right now I have two roma's in my pantry (under growlights and in a southfacing window). Do I get alot of tomatoes? No, but the ones I get are SOOOO much better tasting and cheaper than store bought.

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Old 01/19/11, 03:25 PM
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Heck, I can't stop mint from growing outdoors year round -- it slows down but never dies. We're stll picking cilantro and lettuse even though we've had some snow and a couple of freezes.

Anyway, yes, I've grown a number of herbs indoors when I lived up north.

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Old 01/19/11, 04:10 PM
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I planted 1/2 tray of cilantro and half tray of basil yesterday in my dining room. I will keep you posted.
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Old 01/20/11, 11:55 AM
 
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Wife grows basil, cilantro, oregano, thyme and rosemary in a south facing window, no lights. They don't look all that pretty and don't taste as good or grow a fraction of what they do in summer, but it's way better than paying for fresh at the store.

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Wife grows basil, cilantro, oregano, thyme and rosemary in a south facing window, no lights. They don't look all that pretty and don't taste as good or grow a fraction of what they do in summer, but it's way better than paying for fresh at the store.
The addition of a cheap CFL would possibly double the growth if needed.

I agree on the cost savings.
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Old 01/21/11, 01:58 AM
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Well, I have Catnip, Lavender, Rosemary, Sage,Thyme, Cilantro and Caraway still going and growing strong, even with our surprise snow storm and now 80 degree temps! I grew them from seed directly into the ground last fall and they are about a foot tall now. The Cilantro and Caraway took about 6 weeks to germinate but once they started they didn't stop The frost got my purple basil and oregano . At some point I hope to have my entire herb garden full!

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