Setting up an indoor herb garden is an easy way to satisfy your green thumb even when you can’t work in the yard. It’s also a fun and educational weekend project for the little ones. Not only will they have fun getting their hands dirty, but also learn about where their food comes from. The herbs themselves will add an extra kick to those winter soups and stews for cold winter nights and keep pesky insects at bay. We’ve rounded up five of the best herb plants for windowsill growing. Basil Basil likes a lot of sun and warmth, so put them in a south-facing window with plenty of natural light. Start the basil from seeds and place in pots. Put the pot on a drainage tray and pour in some water whenever the leaves looks droopy.
Make sure not to overwater!
Sage Cut a section from an outdoor sage plant to grow your indoor sage. It tolerates dry, indoor air well, but it needs strong sun, so place the pot in a south-facing window. Thyme Caring for thyme is much the same as the other plants in your indoor herb garden. Make sure your plant receives plenty of sunlight and make sure it isn’t overwatered. Thyme should be trimmed frequently to promote new growth and remove flowers to extend its life cycle. Rosemary Growing rosemary indoors is sometimes a tricky thing, but these tips will help you keep your plant healthy. Start with planting a sprig of rosemary in a moist soil mix until it roots.
Only water the soil when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. In the winter, rosemary plants grow much more slowly and need much less water than they do in the summer, so make sure not to over water. It grows best in a south-facing window with plenty of sunlight good circulation. Spearmint Select a container with a wide surface, rather than a deep one to keep the roots spaced out. Make sure your plant gets plenty of sun and is well-watered and moist. One convenient way to plant your herbs is all together in a one pot indoor herb garden. This is a similar concept to the one-pot meal - no fuss, big payoff. The basic rule of thumb is to make sure your pot of plants is well-watered, well-drained, and gets plenty of sunlight. Happy planting and you’ll reap the benefits! Here are some ideas for growing your own indoor herb garden:
This gorgeous one pot herb garden from Black*Eiffel gives the plants plenty of room to breathe. The chalkboard markers add an adorable, rustic touch.
If you're a big tea drinker, this DIY project from Melissa Camara Wilkin's lifestyle blog is for you. Tea tins also fit perfectly in your window sill.
Upcycle old mason jars by turning them into planters for your indoor herb garden. This DIY project can be found on the Free People blog.
Try this hanging planter tutorial found on Inhabitat to give new life (literally) to your old plastic bottles.
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