Sunlight hours are fading and we have experienced the first few frosts of winter, but it doesn’t mean that we cannot continue to benefit from fresh herbs inside our homes.
When considering your window box or container, you will need to think about the available space. If you only have space for a tiny box, then you might want to think about buying miniature varieties such as ‘Blue Boy’ Rosemary. Some people find that growing herbs sold in a supermarket sometimes tend to have a short shelf life, it might be best to go to a garden centre instead, and you will also be able to choose from a larger variety of herbs.
If you have a Southern facing window you will be able to grow Mediterranean varieties such as basil, and if you have a Northern facing window you will have less choice, but an Eastern facing window with dappled light will be perfect for your shade loving plants.
By growing a herb box throughout winter it will enable you to give your cuisine a fresh flavour and bring an aroma into your home. If you enjoy Mediterranean cuisine then you might want to consider growing oregano, basil, thyme and mint. If you make Asian cuisine you might like to consider growing lemon basil, dwarf bush basil, and ‘Purple Ruffles’ and ‘Cinnamon’ basil blossoms. However there are so many herbs to choose from and the most important thing is to have fun with your window box, and with trial and error you will find out which plants work the best for you.
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