6 Ways Green Thumbs Can Thrive in Winter

Keep calm and garden on, no matter the weather!

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Try growing herbs indoors for fresh flavor in winter soups and stews! (Public Domain)

Keep calm and garden on this winter! Here are six different plant ideas to help you through even the coldest months.

1. Buy New Houseplants.

If you haven’t been to the house-plant section of your garden center for a while, then it’s time to pay it a visit. Pick out something you’ve never heard of before, and give it a new home on your windowsill.

2. Grow Annuals Indoors.

If you didn’t bring your own annuals indoors for winter, find a friend who did. Take a cutting from theirs and start some plants of your own. You have nothing to lose, and they just might make good houseplants until spring.

3. Conquer Kitchen Scraps.

This is definitely experimental gardening at its finest. Try to get an avocado pit to sprout some roots, or put a pineapple top in a jar of water. It’s fun to see what happens.

4. Try A Few Herbs.

Challenge yourself to try herbs that are completely new to you. If your go-to options are basil and thyme, then try growing rosemary and tarragon instead. All your favorite soups will definitely benefit!

5. Eat Microgreens.

Microgreens have been on the gardening scene for a few years. If you haven’t tried them, now is the time. Throw a handful of extra sunflower seeds (sprouting or organic) in a container. Once they sprout and have grown an inch or two, it’s time to harvest. And remember, those little pieces pack a punch of nutrients.

6. Experiment With Air Plants.

If you haven’t tried air plants yet, you’ve been missing out. Air plants practically grow themselves because they don’t even require soil to live! They brighten up a dark space, too.

Bonus Tip!

Don’t have a bay window or ledge for plants? Don’t let that stop you. Just find a side table or stand instead. This is a great excuse to upcycle something from your local thrift store.

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