If the first frost hasn’t hit yet, chances are you still have some herbs growing in what’s left of your garden. It’s not too late to transplant your herbs into containers that can grow inside all winter long. You’ll have the freshest herbs right at your fingertips, and you’ll save a lot of money.

These five frequently used herbs grow well indoors on sunny windowsills:


Parsley: So many recipes call for parsley, and this hearty herb will grow in full sun or a bit more slowly in partial sun.


Oregano: Oregano is perfect for all those comforting pasta dishes you’ll cook during the cold weather. It likes full sun best.


Chives: Chives are versatile, and you’ll be glad to have them close by to snip whenever you need instant flavor. Find a very sunny window for this herb.

Basil: Fresh basil can make all the difference in a dish. Keep basil in full sun, and you’ll never need to reach into the spice cabinet for dried basil this winter.

Thyme: Dig up your thyme and bring it indoors. You can use it for seasoning poultry, spicing up breads and more. It will do best in full sun, but it will still grow in less sunny windows, too.

For helpful tips on transplanting herbs from outside to inside, check out Organic Gardening.

Photo credits:

Parsley: Emily Carlin/Flickr

Oregano: peretzpup/Flickr

Chives: onezzzart/Flickr

Basil: tilwe/Flickr

Thyme: mezuni/Flickr 

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