Winter Herbs to Grow in a Sunglo Greenhouse that Fight Colds and Flu
Maintaining a healthy immune system becomes a top priority as the cold and flu season approaches. While there are various ways to bolster your immunity, one often overlooked method is growing winter herbs in a greenhouse. A Sunglo Greenhouse provides the perfect environment for nurturing herbs to help you fend off seasonal illnesses. In this article, we’ll explore six winter herbs that not only thrive in a greenhouse but also possess immune-boosting properties.
1. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) — ConeFlowers
Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower, is a well-known herb for its immune-boosting abilities. It stimulates the production of white blood cells, which help fight off infections. In a Sunglo Greenhouse, you can provide the consistent warmth and sunlight this herb craves during the winter months. Simply steep 1/4 cup of loose dried echinacea leaves in 8 ounces of boiling water for about 15 minutes. I also have a stevia plant in my Sunglo Greenhouses and will throw a couple of stevia leaves in with the echinacea.
2. Garlic (Allium sativum)
Garlic is a kitchen staple known for its strong flavor, but it’s also a potent immune enhancer. It contains allicin, a compound with antibacterial and antiviral properties. Growing garlic in a Sunglo Greenhouse allows you to control the temperature and humidity levels, ensuring a healthy harvest even in winter. Garlic grows best in full sun with well-drained, fertile soil. Crush, chop, or mince garlic and keep it away from heat for 10 minutes. During this time the maximum allicin is created and stays intact during cooking. That’s all there is to it!
3. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is renowned for its soothing properties and its ability to relieve cold and
flu symptoms. It’s an ideal herb to grow in a Sunglo Greenhouse because it requires a warm controlled environment. Fresh ginger can be used to make teas or added to dishes for a flavorful immune boost. Chop or grate 2 teaspoons of tea and add 2 cups of boiling water. Remove from the stove and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain to remove the ginger pieces.
4. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
Thyme is a versatile herb with powerful antiseptic properties. It’s rich in vitamin C and is known to alleviate respiratory issues such as coughing. Thyme thrives in well-drained soil and under the controlled conditions offered by a Sunglo Greenhouse. As with the echinacea and ginger, you make a tea with boiled water, steeping and straining. I grow my thyme in pots and cut down to the bottom of the plant three times a year. It readily grows back in a short period of time.
5. Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Oregano is more than just a pizza topping; it’s packed with antioxidants and essential oils that can help combat colds and flu. Sunglo Greenhouses provide a stable environment to grow oregano. It grows a lot like thyme in that it is hardy and one plant lasts for years.
6. Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon balm, with its refreshing lemony scent, has antiviral properties and is known for its calming effects. It is also rich in minerals like potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. It’s an excellent choice for a greenhouse garden. It’s an amazing herb! Growing lemon balm is a perfect choice to grow in a Sunglo Greenhouse that provides protection from harsh winter conditions, allowing it to thrive and provide immune support. Steep leaves in boiling water, strain, and drink.
Tips for Successful Greenhouse Herb Gardening:
– Maintain proper temperature and humidity levels. Sunglo Greenhouses come with digital temperature control to run the exhaust fan. The 2 layer acrylic panels (R3+) provide high light transmission to allow superior plant growth.
– Ensure good ventilation to prevent mold and mildew. Sunglo’s have a 16” shutter style exhaust fan as well as a 16” heavy-duty aluminum intake ventilation louver. They also come with operational ridge ventilation doors. We recommend having an oscillating fan inside your greenhouse for constant air movement inside the greenhouse.
– Use quality potting soil and containers. Most Winter Herbs prefer quick draining soil and add a 1/3rd of a small type of rock aggregate to the potting mix.
– Winter Herbs are quite tolerant of dry conditions avoid overwatering and water less frequently, especially in winter months.
– Provide adequate sunlight or supplemental with our LED grow lights. Recommend at least 6 to 12 hours of light.
A Sunglo Greenhouse can be your secret weapon for growing winter herbs that not only thrive but also help you fight off colds and flu. By cultivating echinacea, garlic, ginger, thyme, oregano, and lemon balm in this controlled environment, you’ll have a ready supply of immune-boosting herbs throughout the chilly months and throughout the year. So, start your winter herb garden in a heated winter Sunglo Greenhouse today and enjoy the benefits of fresh herbs and a fortified immune system.
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