Have you ever grown herbs in your garden? How about a pot or two on a windowsill in your home? Many people have and are Happy Herb Growers … best part is … it’s relatively easy. Growing herbs indoors in the winter takes a bit more of your attention, but if you watch the progress on a daily basis, you will be successful. A warm sunny windowsill is required or grow lights working 10-12 hrs. a day. The air in the home is very dry so the soil will need watering almost on a daily basis if under grow lights. At first the seedlings will grow slowly, but once established they will take off. What better thrill when you are cooking dinner and you can turn to your herbs, snip off some basil, parsley or oregano to add to your meal and impress your guests with your cooking skills and also your gardening expertise!
I always include herbs in my gardening plans and this year is no exception. I started several herbs back in November and they are at the “taking off” stage in their growth. Here is my Dill …..
I love the taste and smell of Dill and I have found planting the seeds all together so the herb grows in a cluster works well since it can grow up to 4-5′ in height and this method supports each individual plant. Dill requires full sun once planted out and once the days become extremely hot, it will bolt and go to seed. The neat feature with Dill is that you can use the leaves, the flower head and the seeds in your food preparations. Using the flower head along with other herbs and spices is recommended when canning up pickles. Dill works great on seafood, in cheeses, breads and salads.
Drying dill for later use is an easy process. Snip the amount of dill or other herb (basil, oregano, sage) gather in a bunch and tie the stems. Hang upside down in a cool, dark location and in a couple of weeks you have dried herbs. Find a glass or plastic container for storage and use generously in your cooking adventures. Experiment with different combinations in your garden and in your kitchen. The fresh flavors that herbs offer can turn an ordinary meal into a work of art!
I am thinking of adding that bunch of dill to some grated ginger and lemon along with white wine vinegar and oil for a nice salad dressing….oh, and I can’t forget the garlic! What do you think … time to grow some herbs in your garden or on that lonely windowsill??