The onset of the first serious cold fronts also signals moving a few potted herbs indoors to add that just-picked freshness to our winter meals.
All you need is a sunny windowsill - east, north or west facing - and some diligence when watering. Most herbs like to be well watered but they just hate wet feet, turning up their toes and dying when over watered. Water only when the top of the potting soil feels dry. Or learn to judge the moisture in the potting soil by the weight of the pot.
Square 10cm pots works wonderfully as they fit perfectly on the windowsill, supplies ample growth under indoor conditions, and you can transplant or re-pot them in spring. Turn the pots once a week to allow even sun distribution.
Here are the best herbs for growing indoors during winter:
Adds freshness to egg dishes, salads and soups. One 10cm pot per person will be ample. They'll do best in an east facing window, but won't mind a west or north facing window.
For all the winter comfy food and pasta dishes. One plant for every two persons will be ample. They'll do best in a north facing window, then west facing and then east facing.
To bring of hint of summer into all our winter dishes and to boost our immune systems. One pot per person is the minimum in most families. In winter they'll do best in an east facing window, then west and then north facing. I like to rotate them between the different windows.
Rosemary, Sage and Thyme
Indispensable in all the winter stews and soups. One to two plants of each per family of four will be ample unless you are heavy into stews and slow cooker dishes during winter. They all prefer a north facing window, then west and then east.