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How to Keep Fresh Herbs Alive over the Winter

Watch more Food Preparation Tips, Tricks, & Techniques videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to keep fresh herbs alive over the winter by following this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Dig them up Dig up herbs before the first frost and plant them in fresh soil, allowing for a couple of inches around the root ball. Tip Check for insects which, if present, can be eradicated with a soap spray. Step 2: Choose hardy plants Choose hardy plants to bring inside. Transplant them to containers that are deep enough for roots and that have drainage holes. Step 3: Keep them outside Keep the potted herbs outdoors -- but out of direct sunlight -- for a week. This will condition them for less sunlight and acclimate them to the containers. Step 4: Maintain light Maintain five hours of direct sunlight daily to keep the herbs fresh. Turn them on a windowsill for even light, or expose them to fluorescent lights hung six inches above the herbs for 14 hours per day. Tip Don't let the leaves touch the cold window glass during winter, which could inhibit survival. Step 5: Group herbs Group your herbs closely to create humidity. Set your pots on a layer of gravel to ensure cool moisture without waterlogging the plants. Use liquid plant food at half strength to boost their health. Tip Winter-kept herbs only need to be watered once or twice a week, usually in the morning. Don't let the soil dry completely. Step 6: Harvest a little each time Harvest your herbs in small quantities, leaving at least two growth points for new shoots to encourage density. Enjoy your fresh herbs all winter long. Did You Know? Archeologists have discovered evidence that as early as 50,000 BCE, humans used the leaves of plants for flavoring meats.
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