By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Whether your gardening season has recently come to a closeor you simply do not have any growing space, finding another way to grow yourown produce can be frustrating. While indoor gardening is a popular option,many growers do not have access to the necessary materials, like growlights or hydroponicequipment. Fortunately, growing plants indoors is always a viable optionfor those wanting access to fresh greens or herbs. Starting a windowsill gardenis an easy and efficient way to keep growing all year long. Keep reading tolearn how to start a beginner windowsill garden?
As the name would imply, a windowsill garden can be grown ina bright, sunny window indoors. The process of starting these small containergardens is relatively simple and cost effective. Before planting, check thewindowsill to ensure that it is strong and sturdy. Growers will also need tomake sure that temperatures near the window remain consistently warm. This willavoid any potential damage from excess heat or cold throughout the period ofgrowth.
If you’re a beginner, windowsill gardening may feelintimidating. However, with proper site selection, anyone can successfully growtheir first garden. When starting a windowsill garden, growers will first needto choose a window that receives bright sunlight. This is especially true inthe wintertime when asouth-facing window may be the best option.
To begin growing plants on a windowsill, growers will alsoneed to determine what types of plants they will grow, as well as the appropriatesize and shape of their pots for planting. Ideally, choosing leafygreens or herbsis best for windowsill gardens, as these plants are better able to adjust tovarying amounts of sunlight. Plants that require full sun may struggle in thewindowsill garden.
After selecting the plants and containers, carefully fillthe pots with potting soil. In doing so, make certain that each container hasat least one hole for drainage. Once the pots have been filled with soil,transplant the plant starts or directly sow the seeds into the container. Waterthe planting well and place it into the windowsill.
Water the containers weekly, or as needed, by checking theupper inch (2.5 cm.) of the soil. If the container is dry, gently water thebase of each plant until the potting mix is well saturated. Avoid overwatering,as this may cause plant stress or the onset of disease.
Rotatethe containers in the windowsill in order to promote full growth.
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In 2021, gardening is no longer a hobby reserved for people with lots of outdoor space.
Whether you’ve got access to a shared courtyard, your own private balcony or a particularly sunny kitchen windowsill, nowadays, growing is all about making the most of what you’ve got.
The only problem? Knowing which plants will grow well in your space isn’t always easy. With so much information online, it can be hard to know which seeds to buy – especially if you’re a beginner looking for something that’s straightforward to grow and will yield quick results.
Herbs: Perfect for growing in smaller spaces, herbs are the most readily found plant category for windowsill gardening. When planting in a kitchen window, your little garden provides a constant source of fresh herbs for cooking and, in many cases, incredible aromas, too. You can even group several herbs in a single container, providing they have similar water needs. Love fresh mint? Give it its own container it grows abundantly and will crowd out any other plant it’s with.
Alliums: Green onions and garlic are perfect for windowsill gardens because they need very little space and soil. In fact, green onions can be grown without any soil whatsoever in a mason jar filled with water.
Succulents: If you’re looking for low-maintenance plants, there is no better choice than succulents. There are many different succulent varieties available for your windowsill garden, and the only real care they demand is consistent warmth—be sure not to overwater.
Flowers: Want to add a little bit of color and fragrance to your windowsill garden? Many flower varieties thrive on a sunny windowsill, including geraniums, hyacinths, daffodils, and African violets.
While windowsill gardening serves as a temporary stopgap for the real deal, it does afford us a small window of opportunity to dabble in the garden while we wait out the winter.