One of my favorite hobbies is gardening. Now, I’m not as experienced as my in-laws. I’ve stuck to herbs, tomatoes, and medicinal plants. But my favorite thing to grow is herbs. The smell of rosemary, lemon thyme, or lavender makes me and my soul happy.
For those of you who live in a climate where you don’t have true winter (freezing temperatures, snow, ice), growing herbs or plants, in general, year round will be easier. But for us out here in the Midwest, we have to be creative during the winter months.
Some people just keep their herbs in pots so that when winter comes, they can just bring them inside and keep them by a window with sunlight.
Some people have a grow room/greenhouse which is lovely but also can be pricey. (When we buy a house I would love a greenhouse or turn an enclosed sun porch into a grow room.)
But for now, I do the easiest thing, which is just bring the pots in around October. I start seeds or starter plants around April or May depending on weather. I usually grow Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Catnip, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Mint, Lemongrass, St. John’s Wort, Oregano, and more. Pictured below is my Dittany of Crete and Rosemary.
Please try to get seeds or starter plants from local nursery instead of a big box store like Walmart or the like. Getting your supplies locally usually means you get better starter plants and you are also supporting your local economy.