If you are anything like me then by the time mid January rolls around, you are already counting down (55 days 6 hours and 30 minutes) till spring. So what to do to get through this dreary mid winter lull?

Glad you asked… Let me suggest the time old tradition of seed starting. This month in The Studio we are offering a number of workshop opportunities that will have your hands in the soil and a watchful eye on your windowsill as you pass the days closely monitoring your newly sprouted seedlings. We’ll be offering a traditional Seed Starting Workshop on Friday, February 1st or Saturday the 2nd from 2:00 PM to 3:00pm (click date for full details). This is a great 101 class that will teach you the basics of starting your garden from seeds. 

In addition, we will hold another Kitchen Windowsill Herb Seed Starting workshop on February 17th from 2:00 – 3:00 PM. I am sitting down with our resident horticulturist, Drew Dinges to talk about seed starting, herbs and why you should not feel intimidated by this class. 

SR: How difficult is it to start herbs from seeds? Would you consider this to be a beginner level class?

DD: It is a common misconception that indoor seed starting is a difficult process. We’re here to tell you otherwise! This is a fun, beginner level class that provides a nice introduction to the art of gardening. Herbs are a great starting point because all they need is a sunny spot, average soil and some regular clippings. 

SR: Can these potted herbs make their way outside in warmer months?

DD: Absolutely! One of the best parts about starting seedlings indoors is that it gives you your gardening fix in the middle of winter, regardless of the cold temperatures outdoors. The controlled environment indoors is perfect for seed starting. Once temperatures outside warm up, you can begin the process of hardening off your indoor seedlings to acclimate them to the outdoor climate. We will discuss in-depth this necessary process in the class. Starting indoors gives you a head start for the outdoor growing season. Similarly, this process can be repeated in the late summer or early fall to ensure year round herbs. 

SR: Do you prefer to grow herbs in containers or in the ground?

DD: Growing herbs in containers provides the option of mobility. You will be able to bring them in or out, as needed. 

SR: What is your favorite herb to grow and why?

DD: Anise Hyssop is by far my favorite herb, for many reasons. It’s pink-purple ornamental flowers bloom spring through fall and attract many beneficial insects to the garden like bees and butterflies. They are also edible and make a great cut flower. Anise Hyssop adds a lovely fragrance to the garden and can be used in a multitude of culinary concoctions. 

Full details of the Kitchen Windowsill Herb Seed Starting class can be found here. We hope that you’ll join us and pass the time this winter with a seed starting project of your own!