Now that we have had some cooler nights... even light frost in parts of Manitoba, many gardeners are thinking about the transition to indoors. Here are a few ideas to help you organize for this next season:
Zones tell us a lot. The zone hardiness info that we often reference when thinking about perennials also helps identify the best plants to grow indoors through winter. As a general rule, evergreen plants from high zones (9 - 11) are the easiest to keep through winter, as they naturally want to grow year round in warm conditions. Lower zone plants (1 - 4) really need a significant cold period, and do best when planted into the outdoor garden for winter. Annuals (yes, that includes most types of basil) really do not transition indoors as houseplants, as they often require long daylight hours and finish their life cycle as they flower at then end of their first season. With this information in hand, it is much easier to succeed with bringing summer plants indoors.