Looking at the weather forecast today and it seems like fall is on the way. This gets me in the mood to gets my garden ready for winter. I like getting the soil cleared and raked and mulched after a long summer of use. And I do need the break from gardening all summer and canning this early fall. However, I miss the fresh food. My solution is grow fresh herbs in my kitchen window over the winter.
So I have started my herbs- Parsley, Basil, Rosemary and Lavender. I use seeds for some and cuttings for others. I make a little greenhouse with plastic wrap and a rubber band. Once the seeds germinate and leaves are maturing then I take off the wrap.
Below is my parsley and basil that I started from seed in march and cut all summer.
This is a close up of the woody stems where new leaves grow. I am going to bring my old basil plant inside and keep trimming. When the plant went to flower last month, I trimmer it down to a few inches and hoped for new growth.
I found last year that my rosemary loved a nice cool window to grow. My kitchen windows were perfect. I would trim off a few springs to make a lemon chicken in the oven. The plant will regrow. Well worth the effort to have fresh herbs over the winter.