How to grow herbs on a windowsill
6 steps to successfully growing herbs on a windowsill
Oh, the wonderful asset that herbs are to any homemade dish! Not only do herbs add to the flavour, but also contribute a wonderful aroma that will be remembered for long. The most wonderful thing about herbs is that gardeners of any level of expertise – professional to novice – can, in fact, grow them.
Herbs are sturdy plants, which make for a wonderful addition to your indoor garden. It doesn’t matter what the weather conditions outside are. By freeing some space by the windowsill inside, you can enjoy fresh herbs for the winter or maybe even whole year round. Herbs grow well in containers and are a type of plants that don’t really need extensive care. You just need to follow certain steps to ensure they grow well:
- A sunny windowsill – perhaps the most important consideration when growing herbs indoors on a windowsill is to ensure that the location is a sunny one. They do require sunlight to grow and survive, so there is no going around this. It is best if you have a south-west or south facing window, which receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. In case you are lacking such sun exposed window, you must provide some sort of plant lighting. Otherwise, herbs will grow spindly and with little to no flavour.
- You can start from seeds – if you don’t have plants to directly sow into containers, you can always start your herb garden from seeds. You can buy seed packets, which is a less-expensive alternative, but be prepared to provide more care. One benefit is that herbs started from seeds don’t need a big container at first – 2-3 inches are enough.
- In case of starting with plants – make sure you get a suitable container. You are likely going to need one that is at least 6-12 inches deep. You can also plant multiple herbs in a single long container.
- Add soilless potting mix – that is one way to avoid soil borne diseases. A light and well-draining mix works best. Avoid using soil from the garden, because it will compress over time and make draining more difficult.
- Arrange soil layers – for herbs, it is best to lay a 2-3 inch deep mix on the bottom part of the container. Next, add the potting mix around the plant and firm it around the stems and leaves. There should be about an inch at the top for watering purposes. In order to help plants settle easily, you should water them immediately.
- Don’t overwater herbs – herbs do not prefer too wet soil conditions. For this reason, you should water sparingly and drain the saucers as you see excess water accumulation. There is a simple way to tell if you should water. As you poke a finger in the soil, you should be able to tell if the soil is dry.
If you are regular in your gardening efforts towards your indoor herbs, you are sure to reap the benefits soon enough.
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