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Melissa Lentz

Herb Gardens: How to Start One From Your Windowsill

by Melissa Lentz 09/08/2022

Have you always dreamed of being able to cut fresh herbs from your very own garden? If so, why not turn that dream into a reality? You don't even need to have a dedicated outdoor space for gardening; with a small planter box and some space on (or near) a sunny windowsill, you can grow your favorite herbs in the comfort of your own home.

Choosing the Right Spot

Start by selecting the right windowsill in which to grow your herbs. A sill or table near a window that receives plenty of sunshine is ideal. About six hours of sun per day is recommended for an indoor herb garden, so look for a south- or southwest-facing window to set up shop.

Selecting Your Herbs

Next, it's time to choose your herbs and a container in which to grow them. The size of the planter you will need will depend on how many herbs you plan on growing at once. Regardless, however, you'll want to select a container that is at least six inches deep; this will allow roots to form and spread.

Once you have your container(s), you can purchase either herb seeds or herb plants that have already been started. Some common herbs you might add to your own windowsill garden include:

  • basil
  • cilantro
  • oregano
  • chives
  • thyme

Tips for a Thriving Garden

One of the easiest things you can do to set your garden up for success is to purchase quality potting mix. Ideally, you'll want to purchase a mix that is light and that will provide excellent water drainage. And speaking of drainage—make sure your containers have drainage holes and that you have a saucer or other type of container to collect water underneath as it drains.

To ensure that your herbs grow straight, it's also a good idea to rotate your containers daily. When it comes to watering, be careful not to overdo it. If you poke your finger about an inch into the soil and it feels dry, then it's time to give your herb plants a splash of water.

Growing your own indoor herbs can be a great way to spruce up your cooking while also exercising your green thumb. Plus, you don't need to have a lot of extensive gardening experience or dedicated gardening space to successfully grow your own herbs indoors!