How to Grow a Productive Windowsill Herb Garden

windowsill herb gardenWell, we made it back from California with all of our fingers and toes in place. We will miss the sunshine and folks looking at us funny because we weren't wearing fleeces or winter coats in 60 degree weather. We're back and finding our balance once more with the homestead, doing chores and thinking of spring. To bring a little green along with us, today we're going to talk about how to grow a productive windowsill herb garden.

Winters are simply too long. Before December, the crisp, white snow is a joy and temperatures make going outside tolerable. However, with January comes the freezing ground, bitter winds and a serious lack of color. Learning how to grow a productive windowsill herb garden can cut into those winter blahs and add some flavor into your menus.

How to Grow a Productive Windowsill Herb Garden

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The sky is the limit for growing a windowsill herb garden. You aren't focusing on fruiting veggies or fruits, but rather aerobatic and flavorful greens. Your task is to decide what you enjoy cooking with, how much space you want to dedicate to the endeavor and who you will share your bounty with.

A windowsill herb garden will need to be located in a south-facing window for the most productivity. Herbs can be grown in an east or west-facing window with a supplemental grow light as needed, but it just isn't the same. As long as the plants receive at least 6 hours of bright light per day they will grow well.

Rotate your pots once a week to ensure the light is being distributed around the plant evenly. Wendie is better at this than I am, but somedays I'll get there before her and give the plants a good once around. We've even tried windowsill aquafarming, and this has been a lot of fun.

Your Kitchen Window Herb Garden

kitchen window herb gardenGood plant choices for kitchen window herb garden include basil, cilantro, thyme, sage, oregano and dill. These are the most used herbs in the kitchen, and thrive in good, shallow soil that is well maintained. These herbs can be started from seeds and are also simple to grow.

Herbs started from seeds will take longer to reach maturity, though, meaning you will need to wait for your flavor to make an appearance. If you want the instant satisfaction of having a kitchen window herb garden, you can always start with established plants from your local greenhouse or gardening center.

Windowsill Herb Planter Ideas

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Each plant will need its own container, so the individual needs of the poking can be met. The use of a large tray or separate saucers to set containers on will catch water run-off and increase humidity around the herb plant.

Be creative with planters and recycle, up-cycle or reimagine items around the house into unique planters, or use small hanging baskets in front of your sunny, south-facing window to create more space. Some of the best windowsill herb planter ideas come from kids. You might be surprised what they can come up to make your indoor herb garden a special family project.

As long as the container can hold soil and has a bottom drainage hole it can be used to grow a productive windowsill herb garden.

Planting Windowsill Herbs

planting windowsill herbsPlace a coffee filter in the bottom of a planter to prevent potting soil from leaking out, then fill your chosen planter with potting soil. Create a 2 inch deep hole in the center for planting windowsill herbs. Gently remove the plant from the original container and place in the hole. Fill in the gap with more soil as needed and gently tamp it down with your fingers.  Water thoroughly.

If you are starting from seeds, place 2 seeds on top of the soil and cover with a light sprinkling of potting soil. Seeds aren't designed to be planted deep, and this will ensure you will have a healthy result after planting windowsill herbs. Again, you will want to water thoroughly.

After Care of Your Kitchen Window Herb Garden

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A successful windowsill herb garden will need to be fed and watered regularly. Use a water-water-soluable plant food mixed at 1/2 the recommended rate once a week to keep your plants thriving. Water with plain water anytime the soil top is dry to the touch. 

Remember to rotate once a week to share the sunshine love.

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