Growing Basil In Winter

Growing your own food helps you reduce waste and harvest top quality nutrients at home for you and your family. You can even do this during winter, which may come as a relief to addicted gardeners. Although you might not be able to have a pumpkin patch thriving in your backyard all year round, you can still grow herbs indoors. In particular, we’re going to take a closer look at basil and how you can grow and harvest this fantastic herb all year! 

You can tell what a plant prefers according to its origin. Basil is native to tropical regions meaning that it likes warmer weather. Give them 6+ hours of full sun and well drained soil for perfect growing conditions. Basil is a tender plant, which means it also likes to stay moist. It’s not a woody herb like rosemary, who can stand to be dry in between waterings. So make sure you keep your basil watered, but not too wet or else you run the risk of root rot. How often and how much you water your plant depends on its location. Your basil will require less water if it’s inside in the winter than if it’s outside in the heat of summer. 

You can easily get a successful germination rate by sowing seeds directly into the soil. Just make sure you over-sow them because it’s better to pinch them out if they get crowded rather than wait for more sprouts. You can also take cuttings from a mother plant and propagate them in a few simple steps.  Once you have an established basil plant or two, you won’t ever have to buy it ever again. 

Keep your supply constantly flowing by pinching leaves to promote new growth. You can also pinch the main stem in between nodes to promote a bushy, full plant. 

Most herbs will grow indoors easily. As long as you are comfortable with the temperature, your plant will be too. Sit them on a windowsill that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight and you’ll be harvesting basil in as little as 4 weeks! This can be tricky with shorter days upon us. If you’re not getting enough light, you might need to invest in a grow light. Personally, I don’t run the heat 100% of the time in winter so my house can get pretty chilly. I keep my plants in a grow tent, which could be an option if you have pets that tend to get to your plant babies. 

I hope all these tips serve you well! Happy growing and follow my Instagram for daily gardening content. 

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