“Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking.” In this quote from his 2,600-year-old Chinese classic, the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu is extolling the wisdom, “Let it be.”
The same sagacity applies to growing herbs. In the garden, with a few tender exceptions, herbs are a low-maintenance delight. Pest and drought resistant, many of them thrive on neglect.
Sadly, this is not the case indoors, where these rugged outdoorsmen turn delicate and demand attention. But they’re worth it. To be able to make an herbal tea with fresh mint or to add fresh chives to your soup, salad, or sandwich in the middle of January is a joy deserving of a little effort.
Paying close attention to some of the special needs of herbs grown indoors will help you to enjoy them all year round.