Windowsill Herb Garden
Fresh herbs add unmatched flavor to many dishes, and what better way to make sure you always have some on hand than to grow your own? Growing herbs indoors is a great way to grow edibles even if you don’t have outdoor space, to have convenient access all year round, and to add greenery and fragrance to your home.
All you need is a few plants, containers, potting mix, and a sunny windowsill. Herbs you can grow indoors include basil, parsley, chives, mint, rosemary and thyme. You can purchase plants from a garden center, online, or even sometimes at the grocery store. Annual herbs such as basil and cilantro can be also be started from seed, but perennials such as rosemary and thyme can be difficult to start.
There are planters sold specifically for small herbs, but any kind of pot you like will work. Use at least a 4”-6” pot for each plant, and make sure it has holes for drainage and a saucer to catch runoff water. Fill your pots with a clean, moistened potting mix. Once your herbs are planted, place them in a sunny windowsill that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. Water as necessary to keep the soil moist but not soggy, about once a week.
Once plants are at least 6 inches tall, you can start using them! Regular harvesting encourages growth, so do so regularly, but never harvest more than 1/3 of the plant at once.