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How do you grow herbs indoors over the winter?

when is the best time to harvest herbs to maximize the essential oils in the herbs grown indoors in the winter or outside during other seasons?

How do you keep rosemary leaves turgid over the winter?

Thanks so much!

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Growing herbs indoors over winter depends on the type of herbs you want to grow.  If you have a question about specific herbs that would be easier to answer.  Light, warmth, pot size, watering, and temperature requirements vary.

The best time to harvest herbs to maximize essential oils depends upon the herb.  Many are higher in essential oils shortly before flowering.  The time of day for harvesting is also a factor and varies.

The best way I have found for overwintering rosemary indoors is to pour the water over the plant when watering.  This is best done every other time you water since if you do it every time you may encourage powdery mildew.

Sorry I can't be more specific in answering your questions.  

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Beuna Tomalino

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I specialize in teaching others to grow their own food including herbs, organic gardening, vegetable growing, fruit growing, container plants, edible landscaping, and unusual edible plants. Author of What About Herbs? - available for Kindle and Nook. Organic Gardener for 20+ years. Square Foot Gardener for 20+ years. Owner of Garden Inspire.

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Garden instructor, landscape consultant, landscape designer, garden coach, organic gardener, Square Foot Garden instructor, horticulturalist. I have consulted with hundreds of clients about their gardens and landscapes.

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Utah Boomers Magazine, The Essential Herbal Magazine, blogs

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Education in Ornamental Horticulture from Utah State University, Certified Square Foot Garden instructor by the Square Foot Garden Foundation, Self taught in organic gardening methods.

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