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With window sill gardens, the growing season is not over even with back to school and the conclusion of the outdoor gardening season in the Northern tier of the planet. But, it does not necessarily indicate the end of the gardening season entirely. Did you ever hear of a Window Sill Garden?

Window Sill Garden

What to do with this green thumb and flavor for new and homegrown? Wherever you live, for those who have a bright window or not you’ve got some gardening options. As long as you have a tabletop, bookshelf, top of a fridge, washer or dryer or some other unused or under used flat surface where you can set a container, you can garden inside.

I don’t have any pots or planters, you say. It does not matter. Let’s deal with each problem. A bright window with a broad sill or ledge is ideal, but a little stand, plant stand, book case, ironing board (you know of an ironing board have not you?) Or dresser in front of a sunny window is going to be a great grow place. In addition to that, growing plants inside adds much needed warmth and frees air into your indoor winter quarters. Any container out of a coffee can to soup can, glass pickle jar or pop bottle, an old ash tray, dish pan, or boot is going to be a nice container to use to plant in.

Which Herbs?

First you will need to decide what you need to plant so you know what size container you’ll need. Any variety of herbs, leaf lettuce, a tree tomato, and other possibilities are limited only by your distance and your own container. Herbs are the most popular or natural option. Persil, thyme, basil, and rosemary and lavender are delicious additions to your cooking, teas or garnishes.


Next, choose suitable containers. They don’t have to be blossom articles, but they do require good drainage. You might need to poke holes in the bottom of a boot, the foundation of a can or place drainage material in a glass jar to be sure that your plants are not sitting with wet feet. (that’s not great for individuals, nor crops.) You will want to have the ability to put some type of sauce or catch basin below your container because of this. You may use those foam packaging peanuts to put in the bottom of your container to insure good drainage, or compact stones, pieces of broken clay pole or just something to keep your container grown crops from soaking in the water. The foam packaging peanuts (some are biodegradable) and they create a lightweight base for your planter, where stones, twigs, or broken clay pots may get heavy to move.

You will want a excellent indoor potting mix to use for the soil on your plants. Your budget and your taste are your only factors. Never use soil from the garden to pot container or indoor plants even outside. The soil is simply too heavy, even if stuffed with natural mulch, to allow for good drainage and root penetration. Often it becomes hard packed and not conducive to good root formation. Potted or container grown plants need indoor devised soil for fertilizer and nutrients compatible to the developing method.

About Seeds

Your seed packet will explain to you how heavy your seeds will need to be planted. A good guideline is the seed ought to be coated three times the thickness of the seed diameter. Tiny herb seeds require the barest of dirt covering them. Dampen the soil thoroughly before you scatter the seeds on the surface. Then sprinkle dry dirt over the top of those. Pat the surface gently to insure good contact with the ground. Cover with clear plastic wrap to retain moisture and put them close to a light source. If you do not have a sunny window place, a grow light designed particularly for plants will do just fine.

Once the seeds are up remove the plastic and mist the plants every day until the growth is steady. Start snipping to use when the plants reach a few inches in height to promote bushy compact growth.

Mot de la fin

For those who own a cat, develop her a container of catnip and she will leave your plants alone. Drying, using, freezing herbs for use is another topic we’ll look into in another report. Once you begin, you’ll see you can grow more than herbs in small winter spaces throughout the year.