The Winter of My Herbs' Discontent
October 31, 2011 6:58 AM Subscribe
How do I not kill my herbs this winter? Container gardening in NYC.
posted by melissasaurus to home & garden (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have several herbs growing well in containers. I brought the plants inside for the unexpected snowfall this past weekend. They're now back outside, but I'd like to keep them growing through the winter. How?
Herbs: basil, mint, chives, sage, rosemary
Containers: 3 plastic containers
Sun: north-facing terrace on 4th floor, full sun for 1-2 hours
Gardening zone: 6B (NYC)
Indoor options: extremely small window ledge with only partial sun
Due to lack of indoor sunny options (and space) I'd like to keep them outside, if possible. Is there a way to construct a cheap-ish greenhouse that I can put the containers in that would keep them warmer? I have about 10 square feet of space that can be used for this purpose. There is an outlet, so I could conceivably put in an additional light source for part of the day.
If my only option is to move them inside, I will need to transplant them into different pots (due to space constraint). The window ledge is roughly 18" wide by 6" deep, with the window being 5-6' high. Will the transplanting combined with moving inside be too risky? If I have no other choice, how do I minimize this risk?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.