Growing herbs indoors.
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While summertime means warm weather and easy access to fresh herbs, winter can be a challenging time to grow herbs. With attention to detail and the appropriate conditions, you can grow fresh herbs indoors during the winter and savor their flavors all year round.
Choose a sunny location. A south-facing window is best, if possible.
Mix the soil. For proper nutrients and good drainage, mix equal parts of potting soil, sand and peat moss together. Add 1 tsp. per 5-inch pot of ground limestone to balance the acidity of your soil, which helps herbs grow better. Fill your pots with the mixture until they're approximately three-quarters full.
Plant the herb seeds. Make a hole with your finger 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep, and plant the seeds. Check the planting directions on your seed package, as depth requirements vary.
Gently push the soil back over the planted seeds and give the seeds a good watering.
Place your herb pots in their sunny location and watch for germination, which typically takes place within five days. Watch for crowding and thin out the seedlings, if needed.