Taking care of your kitchen herb garden during the winter

1. Herbs need humidity

Kitchen herbs prefer a humidity level of 30 to 45 percent. Unfortunately, during the winter months, the humidity level in heated homes tends to only be 10 to 20 percent. To combat low humidity, frequently mist the herbs. Or turn on a humidifier to increase cut through dry air.

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2. Move them into sunny spots

From summer to winter, the angle of the sun changes, so you need to move your herbs near a different window for the season. You can also wash the window glass, inside and out, to help let in more light. Don’t forget to rotate the herbs every so often to make sure they receive light evenly on all sides.

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3. Do not give too much water

Considering their growth rate is significantly slower during the winter, herbs do not require as much water. Check the soil by putting your finger about one inch into the soil. If it feels dry, the plant needs a good soaking. Be sure to use lukewarm water!

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4. No food needed

Due to very little growth, giving or changing fertilizer is not needed during the winter months. It’s best to withhold food until next spring, when the days are much longer and the sun is stronger. Resume weekly feedings closer to spring to give your plants a boost.

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5.  Check the temperature

During the daytime, most herb gardens prefer a temperature between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, and at night time about 10 to 15 degrees cooler. Dramatic fluctuations in temperature can be damaging, so it’s best to keep your herbs away from cold windows, or sources of heat, such as stoves, fireplaces, and radiators.

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There are a lot of aspects around your kitchens herb garden, new trends are popping up every day, one of them is by usining your freshly grown herbs as decor points in your kitchen to give it a bit of that natural flair that has gone missing over the years.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018