Can you grow fresh herbs all year round??

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  1. NewYorkRebel

    NewYorkRebel Member

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

    lhspirited Well-Known Member

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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
     

  3. Halfway

    Halfway Well-Known Member

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    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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  4. olivehill

    olivehill Well-Known Member Supporter

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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.
     
  5. GrannyG

    GrannyG Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. laughaha

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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.
     
  7. mnn2501

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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.
     
  8. mommagoose_99

    mommagoose_99 Well-Known Member

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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.
    LInda
     
  9. NorthCountryWd

    NorthCountryWd Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  10. Halfway

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    The addition of a cheap CFL would possibly double the growth if needed.

    I agree on the cost savings. :nanner:
     
  11. dancingfatcat

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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 :D The frost got my purple basil and oregano :(. At some point I hope to have my entire herb garden full!