We know, we don't want to think about it either. But if you're in the northern hemisphere, chances are you're carefully trying to avoid noticing that outdoor plants are starting to wind down for the season.
Sadly, ignoring it doesn't make it less true. But there's good news!
Many leafy herbs, like basil, mint, sage, and thyme, will grow roots if placed in water. Take a cutting that is at least a few inches long, with at least 3-4 sets of leaves. Pull off all except the top 1-2 sets of full leaves, and stick it in a cup of water. Change the water if it no longer looks clear, and in a few weeks most herbs will start to grow roots. When the roots are 2-3 cm (one inch) long, plant your brand new plant in your favourite container and provide plenty of light.
Obviously, we like to grow ours hydroponically so that there is no dirt or pests on the kitchen counter, but well-draining soil works too.
So, if you've been growing herbs outside all summer, now is the time to move that operation indoors. In fact, if you don't grow your own herbs, freshly cut herbs from the grocery store can work just as well. You'll be rewarded with plenty of new growth in no time for an endless supply.
Fresh pesto and peppermint tea in winter? Yes please!
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