As Winter Ends, Plant Herb Garden Indoors


It may still feel like winter, but herbs picked fresh from your windowsill garden and added to a pot of soup can warm the cockles of your heart.

"This is about the time to start seeds (or small plants) indoors if you are planning a ground or container garden," said Ann Prow, a Rim Country gardener. "By the time plants are mature enough and it stops snowing, they are ready to go outside. I always plant a few herbs. I like basil, curly parsley and chives, although I may plant some other things because they are pretty (and fragrant) like dill." (Dill grows up to three feet tall and has an umbrella of white flowers at the top.)


Buying small herb plants, like these purple flowering chives Rita Jorgensen, left, is holding, are perfect for an indoor garden, or try cilantro, held by Kali Jorgensen.

Cilantro and basil are the two most popular herbs Plant Fair sells, according to employee Kathy Shaw.

"Anybody can grow herbs," Shaw said. "They are easy to grow, fun and make a good family project." Indoors, new herb plants will need plenty of light and water once or more a week. Shaw recommends flowerpots in the windowsill for now. Mint, sage and parsley should be planted in their own containers because they spread and outgrow other herbs.

When the weather warms, herbs may be transplanted to clay or plastic pots deep enough for at least a foot of potting soil.

Container gardening is more water-wise than ground gardening, but even container gardens placed outdoors, in the summer, need extra care so the soil does not completely dry out.

For more information, Plant Fair is located in Star Valley, or attend a meeting of the Rim Area Garden Club at 7 p.m. April 10 at the Payson Public Library meeting room, or the High Country Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. April 7 at the First Southern Baptist Church.

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