It's Probably obvious by now that I am a nut on herbs. A friend once remarked that burying her face in a basket full of freshly picked herbs was one of the most sensuous experiences she knows. Personally, I don't think you can possibly have too many herbs. Winter herb gardening doesn't have to be limited if you can spare a wide windowsill or have a small table in a sunny window. Herbs thrive in the winter sun, whereas the summer sun is often too much for them. Potted herbs need somewhat better soil to do well than those grown outdoors; they have less space from which to draw nutrients. On the other hand, you have to be a little more careful about over-feeding herbs, too, so if you begin with a good soil, your chances of success are better. Herb plants that do well in pots include rosemary, dill, chives, basil, tarragon, parsley and sage, among others. Rosemary, tarragon and thyme are far better potted as plants, rather than starting from seed. I've never seen rosemary seeds. Tarragon -- true French tarragon -- must be grown from cuttings, too. Russian tarragon, a pool cousin to the French, is grown from seed, but with difficulty. Chives should come out of the garden about now for a winter crop. They can be grown from seed, but the plant remains small and spindly for quite a few months before taking off and getting big enough to use. The others mentioned do very well grown from seed in pots. POT AND SOIL: Choose large clay pots, Perhaps six to eight inches in size. Clay will retain the moisture these young plants will need in a dry, heated house. Some plant stores sell a potting soil specifically designed for herbs. If you can get that, do so. Otherwise use a good potting mixture and add some organic matter to it -- compost, dry manure or peat. Vermiculite or sand helps retain moisture but is not necessary. SEEDS AND PLANTS: Seeds may be hard to find at this time of the year if you haven't saved some from your garden. But check around at garden centers, and ask friends or neighbors. As I dug around in my leftover seeds, I found several packs of annual herbs from years back that hadn't even been opened. Go ahead and use old seeds. The germination may have dropped off, but you should get something out of a pack or half- pack. Plants may be more readily available, especially at a plant center that specializes in herbs or offers quite a few herb plants in the spring. If you know of such a place, give it a call for seeds, too. PLANTING: If you are sowing seeds, fill the pot with soil to about two inches from the top so that when you water, you don't spill all over the place. Water the soil well and put the seeds about half an inch deep. Pack the soil down gently, put the pot in your windowsill, keep the soil moist but not wet, and stand back. If you're transplanting bought or dug plants, a good rule of thumb is to go up at least one pot size, or allow the root system one inch of extra space all around, again keeping the soil level to about two inches below the top of the pot. PLACEMENT: Keep your plants together; they much prefer company. Most rosemary plants will have a tall, upward growth, although there is one variety (Rosemary Prostratus) that I came across that grows out and down and does nicely as a hanging basket. Thyme has this habit, and will also do well hanging. If you keep sage clipped, it can work in a hanging basket. Parsley has the same habit as thyme, so it, too, will do well hanging. Basil, dill and chives will look more handsome on a table or windowsill because of their upright growth. Tarragon makes a nice hanging plant. You can also plant several herbs in one pot, if you want to save space. Most require the same kind of treatment. And try to mist them as often asyou can. Every few days is good, but they should be misted at least once a week for best growth. LIVE CHRISTMAS TREES: If you plan on getting a live tree this Christmas, this weekend is a good time to select a place for planting it after Christmas and dig a hole. Do it now, before the ground freezes, and you have a far better chance of getting the tree through the winter alive. Who wants to dig a hole in January anyway? Put the dirt in a bag next to the hole and it won't disappear into the ground by the time you get ready to put the tree in. It will also retain warmth and moisture in a bag, which will help ensure the survival of the young tree. Add some compost when you think of it, or throw in whatever leftover manure or peat you have after you've potted your herbs.