There are three successive months in the North, of which December is the first, that inflict cruel and unusual punishment on gardeners. I call them the "Three Scrooges." They cruelly banish our outdoor plant life to a state of dormancy. It's an unusual punishment for folks who have grown used to enjoying flourishing flora over the course of several months.
The good news is that the punishment will end. The bad news is that it won't end until March, when the earliest signs of spring pop up like cavalry scouts to identify Old Man Winter's weak spots. I'm speaking of the early spring bulb plants, of course, such as snowdrops.
So what's a gardener to do, in the meantime? Indoor gardening is great therapy for those of us looking to beat the winter blues. Marie Iannotti, About.com's Guide to Gardening, discusses using herb plants for indoor gardening in this article. "Many herb plants," she writes, "grow quite easily in containers and require only minimal care."