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Nov 22, 2010 07:36 AM

Growing herbs indoors

Dear cooks and gardeners,,

I am looking for advice from anyone who grows lots of herbs indoors, successfully.
I have read a book by Jamie Oliver, and he puts in handfuls of this and that----I think he is right! My mother grew lots of herbs indoors, but I can't remember her techniques.

So...Sun? Types of pots? Which herbs? Humidity?


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  1. I live near Chicago and I grow parsley, Thai basil, dill, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and tarragon indoors in 6" terra cotta pots. It's not unusual for me to provide supplemental artificial light in the wintertime. Be sure to give them lots of sun. Humidity isn't an issue, but I make sure the soil is never dry. Also, I used potting mix (lighter and drains better than potting or garden soil) as the growing medium.

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    1. re: twj

      Thanks for this! Last year I tried to grow rosemary, but it finally died... I was very unhappy.
      Any ideas about what went wrong? I have a eastern/southern window.


      1. re: sweetfern

        We use an Aerogarden and it works very well.