April 29, 2014
5 Delicious Indoor Herbs for Your Windowsill
A windowsill garden is a beautiful way to inject life and color into your kitchen -- not to mention it's totally convenient when cooking. Though it can be tricky to maintain, with the right light and proper maintenance, your indoor herb garden will be flourishing in no time.
Do you have an herb garden at home? Share what you're growing in the comments below!
Photographs: Chris Patey, Arlene Mobley, Courtesy of Poppytalk, Luba Fayngersh, Courtesy of Gardenista, via UrbanEGardener
- Most herbs like to be watered frequently, but they will respond poorly to overwatering -- good drainage is key.
- Moderate daytime temperatures (65°F to 70°F) are ideal, and most of these herbs react well to decreased temps at night, mimicking outdoor conditions.
- Give them regular baths or a few quick sprays with a water bottle to fend off dust and pests.
|Bay Laurel Grow From: Seeds Ideal Conditions: Moderate sun, with plenty of room for adequate air circulation Best Windows: East- or west-facing Get Started: Bay Laurel Seeds, $2, Amazon Troubleshoot: Growing Herbs: Bay Laurel Pests|
|Oregano Grow From: A cutting from an existing plant Ideal Conditions: Bright light, dry conditions Best Windows: South-facing Get Started: Gold Crisp Oregano, from $5, Richters Further Reading: How to Grow Oregano Indoors|
|Basil Grow From: Seeds Ideal Conditions: A lot of sun Best Windows: South-facing Get Started: Sweet Basil Seeds, from $2, Richters Troubleshoot: Grow Guide: Reviving Basil|
|Rosemary Grow From: A cutting from an existing plant Ideal Conditions: Bright light, moderate water Best Windows: South-facing Get Started: Blue Boy Rosemary, from $5, Richters Further Reading: An Illustrated Guide to Growing Rosemary Indoors|
|Sage Grow From: A cutting from an existing plant Ideal Conditions: Dry air, but strong sun Best Windows: South-facing Get Started: Dwarf Sage, from $5, Richters Troubleshoot: What Is Killing My Sage Plant?|
|Food52 Herb Garden, $78, Terrain||Culinary Classics Herb Collection, $24, Burpee||Essential Kitchen Garden Herbs, $30, Williams-Sonoma|