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Want a fresh supply of herbs all winter long?Submitted: 09/16/2014
RHINELANDER - Colder nights, means the outdoor growing season is winding down. Now is the perfect time to preserve some of your plants by moving them indoors.

Many fresh herbs can continue growing inside your house during the winter months.
Indoor herb gardens require little maintenance, but they provide you with beauty and are convenient for cooking. Herbs that thrive indoors include sage, rosemary, lemon grass and bay leaves.

"You want to give it the best conditions that you can," explains Ruth Hempel, the owner of Forth Floral in Rhinelander. "So good soil, a proper pot with good drainage and then the most important thing of all for herbs in the winter is good light. So make sure you have a good sunny window and you'll be surprised how well you'll have herbs growing in your house through the winter months."

There are also ways to preserve the herbs that won't grow indoors.
That way they can still be enjoyed at a later date.

"Just air drying them is one of the best ways. For certain herbs it works great and it's so simple. Put a rubber band on it, hang it in a bag and you're good to go. You can freeze herbs or even make ice cubes out of them and freeze them in bags. So there's lots and lots of ways to preserve that bounty. The summer is so short and you love to have that flavor in your house all winter long," adds Hempel.

Many herbs can also be used to make sauces and vinegars.


Story By: Marisa Silvas

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