How To Grow Herbs on your Windowsill
You can bring your herb garden indoors for the
winter, by planting a windowsill garden. Many herb plants grow
quite easily in containers and require only minimal care. You'll
be snipping fresh herbs in your kitchen throughout the winter.
Time Required: 20
1. Make sure you have a sunny
windowsill where your herbs will survive. A south or southeast
window would be perfect if it gets at least 5 hours of sun per
day and is away from drafts.
2. Purchase some of your
favorite small herb plants from your local nursery.
3. Get a container that is at
least 6-12 inches deep. You can plant multiple herbs in a wide
or long container or use at least a 6" pot for individual
4. Use a soilless potting mix to
avoid soil born diseases. Be sure the mix is light and will be
5. Put a 2-3 inch layer of
potting mix into the bottom of your container.
6. Position your herb plants in
7. Finish filling in with the
potting mix, firming gently around the plants. Leave about an
inch at the top of the container for watering.
8. Water sparingly. Herbs don't
like to sit in wet soil.
9. Feed once a month with a
fertilizer labeled for use on edibles.
10. Allow the plants some time
to acclimate. Once you see new growth, you can start using your
- Choose herbs that don't grow too wide or
tall. Chives, Basil, lavender, parsley, mint and thyme are
- Fluorescent lights can be used if you
don't have a sunny window. They will need to be placed close
to the plants (18") and kept on for about 10 hours/day.
- Snip and use your plants often to
encourage them to grow full and bushy.
- Never trim more than 1/3 of the plants
What You Need:
- Herb Plants
- Pots or containers
- Soilless Potting Mix