How to Start a Windowsill Herb Garden

How to Start a Windowsill Herb Garden

Life is about the simple pleasures. We’re talking the smell of fresh garlic sizzling in a teaspoon or two of olive oil on the stovetop or like adding a few freshly picked basil leaves atop your homemade pasta dinner. While these items are small, they can make all the difference in your prepared meal. Planting a windowsill herb garden will ensure you always have your favorite fresh herbs on hand while also bringing beauty into your home and kitchen.

You’ve decided you want to create a garden but don’t know quite where to start.
First off, don’t let yourself feel overwhelmed, building an herb garden should be an enjoyable experience. Depending on the type of herb garden you decide on, it can also be a fairly inexpensive project.

Begin by getting yourself motivated. Stop at your local bookstore or browse the Web for inspiration. See how others are designing their in-home gardens. Decide on how big of a project you want this to be. Remember, it doesn’t have to be hard.

Your windowsill garden can be as simple as repurposing loose tea canisters or mason jars or you can build a contraption in the window to hang your plants or display them in another creative way.

Figure out your budget. In doing so, don’t forget to consider how many variations of herbs you’d like your garden to have. Once you’ve got the logistics sorted out, let the fun begin.
Make a list of what you need and what you already have. Use your imagination in terms of what you already have, because chances are you already have interesting things around the house you could plant the herbs in. Also, remember that not all of your pots or whatever you’ll be planting into need to match if you don’t want them too. Depending on your personal taste, a little mismatch could make your garden more visually interesting. 
Once you’ve created your list, go supply shopping for the things you still need. Your list may or may not include these things depending on what you’ve already got:
  • Pots or Other Things to Contain Plants
  • Seeds (such as cilantro, rosemary, basil, and  garlic)
  • Potting Soil
  • Shallow Tray for Excess Water
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Rubber Bands
  • Drill
Follow the following simple steps to create your garden:
  1. Prep. If whatever you’re planting into doesn’t have a small hole at the bottom for drainage, drill a small hole.
  2. Fill planter with potting soil leaving a little bit of room from the top. Use your finger to make an indentation into the soil and drop in a few seeds. Cover with a quarter inch of soil.
  3. Do this for as many different pots you have or plants you’d like to grow.
  4. Fill the shallow tray with warm water and place your pots in it. Let it sit until the top layer of the soil looks damp.
  5. Take the pots from the water and cover them in plastic wrap, securing the wrap with a rubber band. Find a warm spot to let them sit. Leave them there until you begin to see little green sprouts, which could take up to four weeks.
  6. Once they sprout, remove the plastic wrap and move your plants to a sunny spot in your home. Water daily.
  7. Watch your plants grow. 
Enjoy the delicious herbs you’ve created and consider your herb garden the gift that keeps on giving.
If you enjoy cooking, consider taking classes through an online cooking school to learn more ways to incorporate your homegrown herbs into homemade meals.
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