Growing herbs in a window is an easy and convenient way of producing herbs for your use. If your busy schedule does not permit you to tend to a full blown garden, having a few pots by your windowsill will be a viable option.
Although growing herbs in a window is easier than tending to a garden, there are still a few things that you will have to take into account. Of course, the most important part will be the amount of sunlight it gets. Herbs generally need at least 3 hours of sunshine, although six is the ideal. You will also want to keep the plants away from any window that gets a lot of rain or too much wind, especially if it is still young.
Also vital for growing herbs in a window is to make sure that the soil is right. In most cases, herbs will require low fertility soil with a mix of sand, and you may also want to add some crushed stones at the bottom. However, if you do not have the time to mix the soil, you can buy pre mixed soil in the store. Of course, when making these purchases, you will want to make sure that you are buying only the highest quality type, along with the seeds.
When it comes to watering, herbs do not need a lot of it, or fertilizers for that matter. You will only need to water them a few times a week; fertilizers are even less necessary, only about once a month. The best ones to use are those that are marked safe for utilization on edibles.
Growing herbs in a window is not limited to just culinary herbs like parsley or rosemary, but virtually every kind including mint, thyme, chervil, lavender and many others. Keep in mind that some of these herbs may need extra watering or sunlight. For example, lavender needs about 10 hours of sunlight for optimum growth.
The containers you will need for growing herbs in a window will depend on how many you want to plant and the space that you have. If you have plenty of windows, you may opt for several small pots, or you may just settle for a few large ones and place several types of herbs in a single pot.
As you can see, there really is nothing to growing herbs in a window; the steps necessary for maintaining and caring for your plants is minimal, and once you have gotten used to it, you will be caring for several in no time.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:15:32.