We have a limited growing season here, so I try to extend the life of my herbs by growing them in pots and then bringing them indoors. Pots are portable, so I can take them to the cottage in the summer, too.
Planting the hydroponic herb as an experiment.It was a coincidence that her email request came at the exact same time I decided to try planting one of the hydroponic basil plants -- you know, the kind from the produce section that sells for $2.79 and it dries up on you before you can use all of it. It was going to go to waste anyway, so why not see what happens if I pot it?
New growth on the hydroponic basil a few weeks laterWell, it continues to live! It's been several weeks now. I cut it back, then watered it well and put it in a place with strong but not direct light. Then, gradually started moving it outside to harden it off. I think it is going take hold. I am getting new growth.
My favorite herbs to use in the kitchen are basil, cilantro, parsley, thyme, rosemary, mint and sage.
In the garden
So, I plant chives, parsley (both curly and traditional), a variety of thymes, and sage in the ground --- they will grow without any effort by just putting them in a good sunny spot, sheltered in the winter, but with good ventilation in the summer. I also plant these herbs in pots. On the other hand, I haven't had any success with cilantro, so I skip it. And I have tried growing chervil several times, too. Don't use much dill, so I skip it too. Ditto for oregano and tarragon.
Love rosemary. A plant in a pot will last about 3 years, if you think like a rosemary plant, i.e., it's a Mediterranean plant; don't let its roots get soggy, and give it plenty of sun, i.e., on the deck in the summer, and your brightest window in the winter.
Right now it is leggy from the weak winter light.
Before/After its Spring haircut