We don’t like to admit it but in another month we will need to plan for fall and winter. If you have your favorite herbs growing outside now, think about planting a container that you can bring indoors to use and enjoy all winter. They will need bright light in a south or west window when grown indoors.
You may want to do a combo pot or plant each plant separately. A great combination is parsley, thyme, and oregano. Chives, mint and basil are best planted in a pot all by themselves. A combo pot for up to 5 plants would need to be 12-14″ diameter and about 8″ deep to accommodate healthy plants all winter long. Tarragon is used mostly on fish and is nice to plant with lemon balm. Rosemary is always a popular one to flavor veggies and sage is perfect for poultry and dressing for the Thanksgiving turkey.
It’s also time to think about homemade host or hostess gifts for the holidays. Flavor white cider vinegar with basil. Fill a one-quart glass jar with three tablespoons of basil. Fill with the vinegar. Secure lid and steep for 1 or 2 months in cool, dark place. Strain, fill sterilized jars, secure with lid, label and use as needed. Add your own personalized label for a