Planning a Window Herb Garden

Living in an apartment shouldn’t prevent you from growing your own plants, as there are many solutions for enjoying fresh spices and herbs from the convenience of your home. Furthermore, planning a window herb garden has never been easier with the following tips, so follow the next steps to create an indoor garden that will provide you with fresh dill, basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme and coriander all season long.

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Find a sunny windowsill

Giving that herbs must stay in direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day, you must select an east facing windowsill to create your window herb garden. However, if you don’t have an adequate sunny window in your home, you can use fluorescent light to allow your plants to flourish and prosper. Furthermore, this kind of light is very practical during the cloudy wintertime, so you should use it unless you want your herbs to stress and fade away. Keep in mind to measure your windowsill so that you know how large the plants’ pots must be.

Choose your herbs wisely

We recommend you to grow herbs that you use frequently for improving the taste of your dishes. Since all plants need to be trimmed with regularity, you will be able to use your herbs a lot for cooking. Choose perennials like rosemary, thyme, oregano, chives and sage, because they grow back every year, so they don’t require to be replanted. You can also plant annuals like parsley and sweet basil, but take note not to plant them next to perennials. Annual herbs won’t last more than a year, and removing them can damage the perennial plants’ roots.

Select the right types of pots

After deciding if you want to plan seedling with formed roots or seeds, you must buy proper containers for your herbs. In order to make your window herb garden last for a long period of time, you need to take proper care of your plants, so you have to select pots with reliable drainage to prevent rotten roots and water overflows. Containers with holes in the bottom are excellent for growing indoor plants, but make sure that they come with a saucer or a tray for keeping your windowsill dry and undamaged. In case that you decide to plant seeds instead of seedlings, you can buy smaller pots to start with. However, remember to move your herbs in larger containers once they have developed roots, because they will need more space to grow strong.