Free Printable Indoor Herb ID Cards!

The garden may be put to bed in most of the country, but we don’t have to give up all of our marvelous garden herbs. Many of them can be enjoyed inside year-round.
 
Hobby Farms has made it easy to know how to grow herbs indoors, with free printable ID cards for 11 garden herbs.
 
Free printable indoor herb ID cards
 
They say:
Wintertime can often mean retiring the garden and relying on dried herbs for your homemade meals. Growing herbs indoors in windowsill containers allows you to extend your gardening activities to the cold months and have fresh ingredients on hand for recipes and crafts—not to mention, these plants make great air fresheners!
The 11 herbs below are a great place start your indoor herb garden, but are not the only plants suited for growing in the house. Position the plants near a sunny window and keep them well-watered. To minimize pests, such as aphids and mealy bugs, infecting these indoor houseplants, prevent stressing the plants by ensuring they receive the adequate amount of sun and water and wash plants every couple of weeks as needed. Also be aware of introducing pests indoors if bringing your potted herbs inside from a back patio or purchasing from a nursery. To keep existing houseplants from being affect, sequester the new plants.
The herbs include:
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Winter savory
  • Mint
  • Marjoram
  • Patchouli
  • Sweet basil
  • Rosemary
  • Bay laurel
The link at Hobby Farms is no longer working but the Internet Archive still has them.  You can print the cards here (PDF file).
 
I have also had good luck with lemon verbena inside over the winter. As with most of the other herbs, just give it lots of light.  Also see 20 Herbs you can grow in shade for more candidates for indoor containers.
 
How to get the herbs?  In the fall, you can move your garden herbs to pots and bring them inside.  You can also buy some potted herbs in grocery stores, garden centers and big box stores year round.  You can also try rooting herbs from the grocery store.  Put them in water that you change often and see if you can get them to root.  See Root to Stem Cooking: How to Use Every Part of Your Produce for more detailed instructions on how to root scraps like herbs.
 
Enjoy your herbs!
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Post Author: Alicia Bayer

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