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How to Create a Windowsill Herb Garden

How to Create a Windowsill Herb Garden
by Alison North Alison North

We really couldn't live without herbs, they're packed full of flavour and can be used in herbal remedies. They look great and if you plant them in a planter on your windowsill they will fill your home with their wonderful aromatic smell. Herbs are one of the easiest things to grow, perfect for beginners and balcony gardens.

1. Choosing your herbs

We've chosen the following herbs because they create a great variety of colours, flavours and shapes.

  • Rosemary - provides height and is great with meat or potatoes.
  • Basil - ideal for any tomato dish or if you're feeling experimental try a herbal tea.
  • Thyme - provides an amazing scent and flowers later on in the year.
  • Pineapple Mint - an unusual but beautiful flavour, perfect for mojitos.


2. Fill your trough or container

Add a peat free compost mix to your trough or container until it is 2/3 full. You can use any size container that suits you, as we are planting four pants we have chosen a trough that measures 60cm in length and is perfect for a windowsill.

Learn how to make your own nutritious compost from your garden waste.

3. Space out your herbs

Make sure there are even gaps between each of the plants and that they have plenty of room to grow. The leaves should be about level with the top of the planter.

4. Firming in

Top up the rest of the trough with peat-free compost and gently press down on the compost to firm in the plants. Making sure all the roots are protected!

5. Watering in

Water in your plants with a refreshing long drink.

6. Place in a sunny & sheltered spot

Herbs will do best in a sunny sheltered spot, but you can also grow them inside. You only need to water them when the soil is dry.

7. Harvest your herbs regularly

We recommend harvesting your herb plants regularly as this will stimulate new growth and keep you with a fresh supply. Make sure that you leave at least 1/3 of the plant behind.

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