Winter gardening can produce colorful, bold flavors

How To Keep Your Herbs Thriving Indoors All Winter Long
Posted at 5:49 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 08:52:10-05

If Louisiana is known for anything it's flavor.

All of our dishes are bursting with it, and those who are fans of this flavor already know the power of the humble herb

Chefs, both professionals and amateurs, can consider themselves lucky to live in a place where herbs grow so easily and the winter is the perfect time to get those plants established.

Most herbs, basil is the exception here, are extremely tolerant of cold temperatures and can handle frost without any issues.

Again the exception here is basil which will need some protection from the frost for some of those real cold mornings.

Since a lot of the herbs originate in the Mediterranean they're used to sandier soil so no extra fertilizer is needed since they don't need nutrient heavy soil, and sandier soil drains easier.

While the plants can go directly in the ground planting them in pots offers a couple of advantages, the most obvious one is ease of access to grab what you need while you're cooking.

The advantage to potted plants doesn't end there though it helps with drainage and allows you to control the amount of sunlight the plants get, in the winter look for full sun and in the summer they could use a little bit of shade.

Constant cutting will encourage new growth and keep the plants bushy and producing the flavors you'll want in the kitchen.

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