Sunday, June 12, 2011

How To - Create a Kitchen Windowsill Garden

Good Morning Friends,
I always have herbs and plants growing on my kitchen windowsill.  There is nothing better than when I'm cooking and need some thyme to be able to pinch off a few leaves to add to my recipe.  Not only that, plants just make me happy and I like looking at them.  My kitchen window is just above my sink so having a kitchen garden to look at when I'm doing the dishes is a joy to me.

Here are a few tips to growing your own windowsill garden. 

1.  Make sure you have a sunny windowsill where your herbs will survive. A south or southeast window would be perfect if it gets at least 5 to 6 hours of sun per day and is away from drafts.

2.  Purchase some of your favorite small herb plants from your local nursery or start from seed.

3.  Get containers that are at least 6 inches deep to allow for root growth.  How about using a sweet Mason jar.

4.  Put a 2-3 inch layer of potting mix into the bottom of your container.

5.  Place your herb in the container.

6.  Finish filling in with the potting mix, firming gently around the plants. Leave about an inch at the top of the container for watering.

7.  Water sparingly. Herbs don't like to sit in wet soil.

8.  Feed once a month with a fertilizer labeled for use on edibles.

9.  If you purchased plants rather than seed, give them a chance to get used to their new surroundings. Once you see new growth, you can start using your herbs.

10.  Never trim more than 1/3 of the plant at a time.

Some good choices for indoor herbs are:  chives, basil, parsley, mint, thyme, oregano, coriander, cilantro and chives.

Enjoy your kitchen garden.  I'm sure it will make you smile just like mine does for me.  Just remember, these plants do need lots of sun.  I do want to say, I wish my garden looked like the picture above.  Mine is more of a hodge podge of different containers.  You can use most anything as a container, an old coffee can, mason jar, and so on.  Just tie a pretty ribbon around the neck of your containers to give it a special look!

Happy Homemaking,
Nancy

1 comment:

Davine said...

Love your tips. As I am looking after a B&B in Daylesford for 12 months I have inhereted lots of herbs. I have always used some but now I find myself googling to find out what to do and how to use them.

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