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Growing An Herb Garden in Winter

by on December 12, 2011

UrbanFig: Fresh Basil

Imagine having fresh basil all winter long - then make it happen!

They can liven up everything from mashed potatoes to burgers, but most people think they have to buy their culinary herbs from the supermarket. If you’re looking for a quick way to add a special touch to nearly any meal, you need look no further than your own fresh, homegrown herbs. Whether you grow them in your winter herb garden or indoors all winter long, fresh herbs will make your meals (and your wallet) say Thank You all season long.

Store Bought Herbs Are Expensive!
There, I said it. If you haven’t purchased any lately, take a look in the produce section of your supermarket on your next visit. It is not uncommon for retailers to sell fresh herbs in quarter ounce packages for about a dollar. Sure, that doesn’t sound like a lot until you think about the bigger picture.

A packet of oregano seed in our shop costs $2.27. For that price you could purchase just over half an ounce of fresh oregano at the store and make a couple of delicious dishes. Or you could buy a seed packet and start your own plant from which you could clip as much fresh oregano as you need, whenever you need it.

We all know that oregano goes well with Italian dishes but it also complements many meat dishes and makes a tasty addition to roasted potatoes.

If you have the space and the climate, you can grow herbs in an outdoor herb garden well into the winter, but even if you don’t you can enjoy the culinary and financial benefits of growing your own herbs indoors. Many herb varieties are perfectly suited to being grown in pots in a sunny window.

Got questions about growing your favorite herbs? Email Michael at michael@urbanfig.com.

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