An Early Spring: Starting Herbs

Starting herbs in early spring is very easy to do. I don’t know about the rest of the country, but here in Nebraska we have enjoyed more than two weeks of progressively spring-like weather. We’ve had record-setting highs recently and perfectly warm, sunny days in the 70s. So it looks like we’re truly experiencing an early spring. Of course, the equinox does not occur for another week, but we can’t complain. And it puts us in the mood to plant things!

After moving here in 2013, we spent about a year getting settled in, and then started our garden in 2014. It has grown quite a bit in the past two years. During winter 2015-2016, we kept right on gardening indoors. A couple of our plants came in the house in pots and continued growing and producing for us with the help of a sun lamp. Each year we seem to get more serious about our gardening, taking it up to the next “level.”

Starting Herbs

This year we finally got a head start on our herbs. Cilantro, oregano, parsley, and others are already sprouting a bright, healthy green, cultivated indoors in planters/pots. It’s easy to start them with some potting soil, planters, and seeds. Just place them in a sunny spot, such as a south-facing window, and water regularly. Burpee, the popular seed company, offers detailed advice on planting herbs indoors.

I took this photo roughly a week ago and the herbs in this planter are taller and much more robust now. Everything is growing so quickly – trees and shrubs are budding and the early spring flowers are coming along too.

As I told my daughter, winter is when everything sleeps, but while it’s sleeping the earth prepares itself for spring, when it wakes up.

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