Starting Out With A Windowsill Herb Garden

Windowsill Herb Garden

There are many options when it comes to gardening at home and when you have a small area to cultivate your plants. A gardener who also happens to love cooking will surely enjoy the possibilities of having a windowsill herb garden in the kitchen.

If you’ve been inspired by the Barefoot Contessa a.k.a. Ms. Ina Garten who sometimes showcase a few of her lush vegetable and herb gardens, then maybe it’s time to get a few herbs of your own. There’s no reason not to plant herbs even if your space is quite limited. A windowsill can be a perfect place for any plant you wish to cultivate. But you’d have to pick the smaller varieties to maximize the amount of sunlight that the plants will need in order to thrive.

Among the most common and quite popular herbs that people plant in small containers are tarragon, basil, Italian oregano, mint, chives, dill, rosemary, and thyme. It is also best to place your potted herbs near your kitchen so you can just snip a few stems or leaves whenever you need them in your cooking.

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If your kitchen window does not get enough sunlight, you can place your herbs in hanging baskets just outside of your kitchen or somewhere nearby. Know that various herbs have different needs as well. Be mindful of the amount of water and sunlight that each herb needs daily. This is one of the reasons why it is better to keep only a few planted herbs or just the ones you regularly need because it is sometimes a challenge to keep up with their varying needs.

Use well-draining soil for your herbs and water them accordingly. Fertilizing is also important, but it’s best to use organic fertilizers such as compost and other natural varieties.

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If you truly love herbs and would like to cultivate a few of them at home, it’s ideal to start with very few plants and see how it goes. Add a few more new plants or seedlings once your first batch of herbs has survived the first few weeks. Be observant and check the conditions of your herbs. You’ll need to adjust watering and amount of sunlight if they show signs of slight wilting, yellowing of leaves, and others.

Lastly, it is best to do some research on the web to help you understand the needs of each herb or plant. While blogs can provide information, it is still important to consult the experts in cultivating various types of plants such as herbs.

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References and helpful sites:

http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/hortcult/herbs/ne208hrb.htm

http://urbanext.illinois.edu/herbs/list.cfm