Last Updated February 2022 by Crystallace
Spring is in the air!
There are two things I look forward to planting in the Spring and that’s Petunias on my front porch, because they are easy to care for and love the sun, and a window herb garden in my kitchen because I love having fresh herbs in the house for when I’m cooking, making drinks, or garnishing my food pics for Instagram.
Now I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a green thumb. After all, I was born and raised in a concrete jungle. So there weren’t a ton of opportunities to garden. But, that’s what got me in the habit of planting an annual window herb garden. It was a way for me to nurture and grow plants that I could use in my recipes.
Are you thinking about starting a window herb garden this year?
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Can you have a Window Herb Garden?
More than likely the answer to this question is yes. All you need is a sunny windowsill, some pots, and planters for your herbs. In general, most herbs need about 4-6 hours of sunlight. This is usually easy to get during the Spring and Summer months, even if you don’t have a South facing window like me.
Depending on how much sunlight your window herb garden gets year round, your herbs may last all year! For me however, because of the way the windows in my kitchen are structured, I only have the Spring and Summer months to enjoy them. That is what makes me even more excited for this time of year.
The Best Time of Year to Start a Window Herb Garden
Early Spring is the best time to plant herbs but the reality is if you have good sunlight you can grow them all year around. I do not, so I plant mine in the early Spring when seedlings are readily available in stores and my kitchen is getting the most sunlight.
What Herbs Grow Well On the Windowsill?
Most herbs do well in containers. This year I am planting:
Which Window sill herb garden pots should I use?
Pots with a drainage hole. That is really the only requirement. Herbs do not like to hold onto water so it is important that they have a drainage hole.
I invested in these Le Creuset Herb Planter pots because purple is my favorite color and I love all things Le Creuset. They are ceramic and have a small drainage hole at the bottom.
I feel like they are the perfect size for a small herb planter and they fit perfectly on my windowsill.
Should you start with seeds or plants?
I have tried both and I prefer to start with plants. Mainly because I don’t have to wait to start enjoying the herbs. I actually use the herbs in my kitchen so having a plant that is already producing is great.
Also, it allows me to learn from the plant. For example, I bout a seedling of Parsley and it started getting droopy. I wasn’t giving it enough water even though the soil appeared to be moist.
If I had a seed, there would be no way I would’ve known that.
Plants are able to teach you how to care for them.
Where to find your seedlings:
I get mine from Home Depot because they always have a great selection but you can use this opportunity to visit your local nursery or grocer for seedlings.
Lots of places have them in stock during in the Spring.
How to pot your herbs:
- Lay out some newspaper on the counter.
- Take your seedlings out of their container.
- Loosen up the roots at the bottom while removing excess dirt. (You can use gloves for this part if you want).
- Place them in the pot.
How do I take care of my window herb garden?
Herbs need sun and water.
Sometimes, the weather will be gloomy for an entire week and we won’t see much sun. For days like that I invested in this plant light from Amazon and I highly recommend it.
It allows me to give my herbs some light when the sun doesn’t want to shine in. It also helps me supplement the light they do receive for maximum growth.
I also use a plant mister to mist the leaves and keep them clean for when I am ready to use them in the kitchen. Because the plants are not getting rained on the leaves may not see water and that is not natural to them. A little mist goes a long way.
Window sill herb garden kits.
Are available online and in store if you feel intimidated about starting your own window herb garden or you want an inexpensive way to test your green thumb.
Whichever route you choose to take, Happy Planting!
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