Beginner Gardening-Windowsill Herbs

Don’t be afraid to try this. Oh, you’ve killed all the plants you ever bought at the grocery store? Guess what? Me, too! Especially those evil, little miniature roses. Cute, but dead in a month. There is something about a greenhouse grown plant that wants nothing to do with my living room.

However, if I start with seeds… Oh, you should see my jungle now!

You could go broke quickly in the spice aisle at the grocery store. So, why not try growing your own. It’s pretty darn easy and you’ll save a bundle.

Here’s how:

1. Grab a 10 cent seed packet from your local You-know-whatMart.

Pick an herb you especially like or use frequently. Okay, maybe not dill. It just looks so leggy and sad inside. Oregano or Rosemary are kind of neat, because they have tiny leaves and look like tiny, bushy trees. They can even be treated as a bonsai…to some extent.

2. Pick a decent sized container, if you’ve got one.

I hate to re-pot as things grow. Plus, it seems the more often I fuss with an indoor plant the more likely it is to die. So, a 6″ pot, or a well cleaned, large container from yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream etc. is perfect. Oooo, a clear, cleaned peanut butter jar is nice, if you have a little kid who might like to watch the roots grow.

No big containers? Start a seed in each compartment of an egg carton or try little cups from small yogurt, pudding, fruit cup, etc.

3. Poke 3 or 4 holes in the bottom.

Try two in a tiny container. Anyway, stab a nail, screw or other strong pointy object through the bottom for drainage. Why? If you over water, you want to allow the excess to drain or you will drown your poor little herb.

4. Fill to the brim with potting soil, preferably a seed starting mix.

It will kind of pack down when you water it, so fill it right up.

5. Plant two seeds per container, in case one doesn’t grow.

If they both grow, you could either gently give it its own pot or ditch it. Your choice.

Using a pencil, poke two little holes in the soil. Just go as deep as the seed packet indicates.

Cover with soil.

Note: Read the seed packet. There are some seeds that don’t get totally covered with soil as they require some light to germinate. Read.

6. Water lightly.

It shouldn’t be totally soggy, but your seeds need a decent amount of moisture to germinate.

7. Loosely cover each pot with a plastic baggy.

Like a mini greenhouse, the baggy helps it stay moist longer. Leave it loose so there is some air circulation. Remove the baggy, once your plant is about two inches tall.

8. Place in a sunny window.

Most herbs love plenty of sunshine. Again, check the seed packet.

9. Care for your plant as it grows.

A little digging with your favorite search engine could help you take better care of your new indoor garden.

Be brave. Give this a try. You might fail the first time, but you have the entire 10 cent seed packet to try again. Kids love this. Again, Science Fair possibilities.

Oh, if you do really well…consider building open shelves in front of your sunniest window to grow loads of things.

Dig into the adventure with these other small space ideas.  Click below

4″pot vegetable

6″pot vegetable

8-10″pot vegetables

Veggies for Hanging Baskets

Loads of Small Space Strawberries

Have fun!

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Published in: on February 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm  Comments (1)  
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