Go Green With Your Own Indoor Garden

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If you choose to use soap sprays to control these pests, remember that the wet spray must come in contact with the insect to be effective. Spray in the evening (and never in bright sunlight) to prevent rapid drying, and wash off residues the next day (or before eating the leaves). Don't spray very young seedlings with soap.

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Hold back on the water and fertilizer through December, but when the days start getting longer in mid-January, feed them with liquid seaweed or compost. Even potted soil gets compacted as you water it, so cultivate it with a little fork, then top-dress it with compost.

February is usually a great month for indoor plants because of all the bright light. By March, they are starting to get buds, and in April, be sure to put them outside on a warm day. Then it won't be long before the herbs -- and you -- are ready to move back to the garden.

Indoor Gardening Tips

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10 Best Herbs for Indoor Growing

Basil

Start basil from seeds and place the pots in a south-facing window; it likes lots of sun and warmth.

Bay

A perennial that grows well in containers all year long.

Place the pot in an east, or west, facing window, but be sure it does not get crowded; bay needs air circulation to remain healthy.

Chervil

Start chervil seeds in late summer.

It grows well in low light but needs 65 to 70 F temperatures to thrive.

Chives

Dig up a clump from your garden at the end of the growing season and pot it up.

Leave the pot outside until the leaves die back.

In early winter, move the pot to your coolest indoor spot (such as a basement) for a few days, then finally to your brightest window.

Oregano

Your best bet is to start with a tip cutting from an outdoor plant.

Place the pot in a south-facing window.

Indoor Gardening Tips

Parsley

You can start this herb from seeds or dig up a clump from your garden at the end of the season.

Parsley likes full sun, but will grow slowly in an east, or west, facing window.

Rosemary

Start with a cutting of rosemary, and keep it in moist soilless mix until it roots.

It grows best in a south-facing window.

Sage

Take a tip cutting from an outdoor plant to start an indoor sage.

It tolerates dry, indoor air well, but it needs the strong sun it will get in a south-facing window.

Tarragon

A dormant period in late fall or early winter is essential for tarragon to grow indoors.

Pot up a mature plant from your outdoor garden and leave it outside until the leaves die back.

Bring it to your coolest indoor spot for a few days, then place it in a south-facing window for as much sun as possible.

Feed well with an organic liquid fertilizer.

Thyme

You can start thyme indoors either by rooting a soft tip cutting or by digging up and potting an outdoor plant.

Thyme likes full sun but will grow in an east, or west, facing window.

Place the pot in a south-facing window.

To learn more about indoor gardening, check out the latest issue of Organic Gardening magazine.

If you're looking for seeds, herb disks, and equipment click here.

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