By Terri Johnson, Realtor, RE/MAX of Boulder
Everyone loves the taste of fresh herbs in favorite dishes. Just because cold weather is closing in on Boulder County doesn’t mean you have to miss those fresh flavors until next summer.
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With an indoor herb garden, you can eat savory dishes and make your home feel and look fresh at the same time. Here are four delightful, fruitful and easy ideas for growing your herbs indoors all winter, first published by Danielle McLeod at BackYardBoss.net.
No. 1 – Endless Flavor: Grow Garlic Indoors
There’s nothing like fresh garlic – it’s packed with health benefits and brings out the deliciousness of every dish. Truth is you never have to go without using this great indoor bulb growing technique.
It’s so simple, you only need three items:
- A container
- Potting soil
- A head of garlic
Just follow these easy steps: Put the potting soil in the container. Break the garlic head into cloves. Sow every clove vertically into the soil at a 1” depth and cover the cloves with soil. Water your garlic. Put the pot in an area of your home that gets direct sun and water when the soil dries out. The garlic will grow greens out of the top. When the greens are 3-4 inches high, cut them, leaving about an inch. Eventually the greens will stop growing. When the greens dry up and turn brown, dig the clove up. Voila! You will have a full bulb. Now take a clove from that bulb and plant it in your pot. While you use the garlic you have grown, new garlic will be growing.
No. 2 – Create a Handy Transportable Garden
This idea wins on so many levels – adaptable, attractive, and easy to do. Plus, it is a fabulous gift idea to take into the holiday season. It’s as simple as picking up this galvanized utensil caddy at your local shop, adding some gravel to the bottom of each section for water drainage, and then adding potting soil and starts or transplants of your favorite herbs. Voila! You have a planter that looks great and can be moved as needed to catch optimal sun.
No. 3 – Clothespin Planters
Clothespins continue to be the unsung hero of the utilitarian circle. Just grab a small, empty can – think tuna, cat food or dog food, for example – glue on clothespins and you will have a cute planter that brings a smile to everyone. Plus, it can be the basis for a seasonal centerpiece for the upcoming holiday season. Have kids? They will love this project, and you will cherish the planter they make forever.
No. 4 – Keep It Simple
Here’s the ultimate reuse idea that leverages everything you already have. Take your favorite big pot and place it in an indoor window that gets good direct or indirect sunlight. Plant all of your herbs in this one pot. Use a 3” depth of pea gravel for drainage. Your herbs can grow all together. Your continual use will keep your plants under control.
For all 27 ideas, see the full article on Backyard Boss by Danielle McLeod at: https://www.backyardboss.net/category/backyard/
RE/MAX of Boulder Realtor Terri Johnson is a Colorado native who was born in Denver and has over 35 years of real estate experience – and she’s an avid gardener! With Terri’s extensive experience selling new and pre-owned homes in Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Jefferson and Adams counties, she has developed strong skills and expertise in marketing, buying and selling real estate. Her real estate designations include Senior Residential Estate Specialist, Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Distressed Property Expert, Short Sale and Foreclosure Specialist and Graduate, Realtor Institute.
For questions contact Terri Johnson at 303-589-8180 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit boulderco.com.