NGA Articles: Cooking with Leeks and Friends

Cooking with Leeks and Friends (cont)

By: Charlie Nardozzi

Question of the Week

Q. I live in Minnesota and am interested in growing herbs for culinary purposes to use in the winter. What culinary herbs grow well indoors?

A. Many culinary herbs are native to the Mediterranean area, so they need plenty of bright light (either from a south-facing window or a grow light) and soil that drains very well. Herbs that prefer slightly moist soil are basil, parsley, and cilantro. Herbs that like a soil that dries out between waterings include thyme, oregano, and rosemary. Fertilize once a month with a standard houseplant fertilizer. Once the plants are growing vigorously, start harvesting the leaves and pinch back the stems to keep the plants bushy.

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