Have you tried a windowsill herb garden? Many people asked me this question because they want to understand why there is still a need to put up your own windowsill garden.
Well, for gardening enthusiasts, the purpose of a windowsill garden is for the winter season. You will need to transfer your indoor herbs during winter especially those in containers and pots.
Since they can be easily transferred, a windowsill garden during winter is very advisable. Don’t you find this interesting? Can you imagine breathing the fresh herb scents right in your kitchen?
The best part is, a windowsill herb garden is simple to create, is relatively affordable, can be exceptionally useful in the kitchen, give off pleasing aromas, and can be enjoyed by all! Putting up a windowsill garden will make it possible for you to bring your favorite herbs indoors and enjoy them all throughout the year.
In putting up a windowsill garden, there are several important guidelines you should follow to make sure the plants can be easily accessed and monitored every day. Remember that a windowsill garden needs to be at a south-east or south window.
Light is a major factor when growing herbs, as this will ensure that your herbs will always be taken-cared of and will easily survive. Having a sunny windowsill garden will let your plants enjoy 5 hours of sun time!
Once your windowsill garden is ready you can start purchasing at a nursery nearest you. If you have friends that are also into herb gardening, maybe they can help you by letting you buy your herbs from their private nurseries.
You should be able to choose plants that don’t usually grow tall or wide. Some good examples of herbs that are perfect for a windowsill garden include parsley, mint, basil, thyme, lavender and chives.
Okay, if you have already purchased your small herbs and ready to take care of them you can then prepare small pots or containers. This is where you can grow your small plants. The container must be at least 5-11 inches deep.
If you are using wide containers you can also maximize them by planting multiple herbs. Plastic or clay pots are most commonly used for herb growing; however, you can use nearly any container as long as it can give adequate drainage (see further below for additional tips on selecting the best pots for growing herbs).
After choosing the herbs for your garden, you have to place them in a pot using a soilless potting mix. These mediums have natural materials, they drain better, and they help prevent your herbs from becoming susceptible to all sorts of soil-borne disease.
At the bottom of the container you can start putting at least a layer of 2-3 inch. Start firming the potting mix around the plants right away. Be gentle. Then just give enough water to the plants.
The small plants don’t need much water. What these plants need is fertilizer support for at least once a month. Make sure you use only fertilizers that are safe to use for edibles. Better still allow your herbs to acclimate until you observe new growth few days later.
For herb gardening enthusiasts who don’t have a sunny windowsill you can use fluorescent lights. When using this kind of windowsill gardening, the fluorescent lights should be closer to the plants for at least 18 inches.
You have to keep the lights on the herbs for about 10 hours daily to make sure that they receive ample light. When they are fully grown herbs already, the plant’s foliage must not be trimmed more than one third.
Now, are you ready to start your own windowsill herb garden?
How to Pick Out the Most Ideal Pots For Growing Herbs
As you are probably well, growing herbs in pots is growing in popularity. Home chefs love the convenience of fresh herbs on hand while cooking. Apartment dwellers enjoy the opportunity to have herbs despite the lack of garden space.
However, it is important to remember that there are several factors that can affect growth when growing herbs in pots. Most people are surprised to learn that their pot selection is one of these factors. If you choose the wrong pot, you may not have adequate drainage, soil temperature or room for growth.
Most herbs require well-draining soil. When selecting a pot, you want to turn it upside down to see the drainage holes. Pots with small or very few drainage holes are generally a bad choice.
If excess water isn’t able to drain, it will pool around the plants’ roots, resulting in root rot or fungal diseases. Your ideal pot will have enough holes to adequately drain soil of moisture.
There are herbs that prefer mostly dry soil. Borage, chives, hyssop, lavender, rosemary, tarragon and thyme are just a few of these type of herbs. With these herbs, you want to be especially sure to plant in pots that draw moisture away from the soil.
Some herbs will not grow well unless they have warm soil. For these plants, you want to select a pot that conducts and retains heat well. Terracotta or ceramic pots are often a good choice for herbs that require warm soil.
For plants that thrive in cooler conditions, such as cilantro or dill, plastic pots may be a better choice since the plastic does not hold heat.
Size is a major factor. Many home gardeners are surprised when their once-thriving plant suddenly stops growing or begins to die despite very careful tending.
They worry that they have over- or under-watered their plant, fret about whether the plant is getting adequate sunlight and consider fertilizer. However, in nine out of ten cases, the problem, quite literally, is deeper than those issues.
The root has simply ran out of room to spread and the plant has outgrown its pot. When this happens, you must either transplant to a larger pot or, if the herb is one that allows it, divide the plant.
To prevent the necessity of frequent transplants, you may want to consider planting in a slightly larger pot than your herb actually needs. It will still need to be transplanted once it outgrows the pot, but it will be required less often.
Pot depth is especially important when growing plants that grow long tap roots. Herbs with long tap roots include parsley, chervil and dill.
When selecting a container for these herbs, it is imperative that a deep pot is chosen. Otherwise, the root will run out of space quickly and the plant will begin to wilt and die.
With the proper pot for your herb, it should thrive if it receives adequate sunlight and water. Before you start planting your herb garden, take a good look at your pots to determine the best one for the job.