Yep, that's right! Today we are writing about winter gardening indoors.
As the weather continues to get colder for much of the world many people are opting to spend more time indoors. Over the next few months you may find yourself longing for the fresh outdoor air, but if you’re like us here in the Intermountain West, you may prefer not to experience the freezing air hurting your lungs.
The good news is you can still bring the outdoors in by growing inside. There are many plants that can be grown in containers with less light through the winter season. And I’m not just talking about sprouts and microgreens. You can grow herbs like chives, rosemary, parsley, basil, thyme, mint, and oregano. Or, you can supplement your regular groceries with fresh lettuce, celery, and small onion varieties like scallions.
Take this opportunity to try out some different varieties you aren’t familiar with. For example, not all basils are the same. With some slight differences, using different varieties of fresh herbs can elevate your cooking with a little extra kick that can’t be found on the grocery store shelves. If you enjoy a citrusy flavor try our Lemon basil, or for a more spicy influence to your food plant the Spicy Globe basil. Adding these fresh herbs to your winter cooking can make all the difference. The best part is that you will already have a young plant to add to your outdoor garden in the spring.
Have you ever had herb butter before? This winter is the perfect time to make your own. Because it doesn’t require a lot of plant material you can use small harvests from your indoor plants throughout the season. It's as simple as softening a stick of butter, adding in whatever herbs you want, mix the butter and herbs together, shape if you would like, cool to harden, and enjoy. You may quickly find yourself known for the best buttered bread on the block!