Gardens - Indoor Gardening

How to grow windowsill edibles

Gayla Trail

Harvest fresh herbs and greens throughout the year from an indoor garden

You will need

  • Window box or pot with drainage holes
  • Pot shards or rocks (optional)
  • Potting soil
  • Seeds, transplants (small plants), or rooted cuttings

In super sunny windows grow:

  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Marjoram
  • Chili peppers (try super tiny ‘Chinese Ornamental' or vigorous ‘Red Rocoto')
  • Basil (try compact varieties like ‘Purple Bush')
  • Parsley
  • Cress
  • Calendula

In slightly shady windows grow:

  • Mint
  • Chives
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Mizuna
  • Miner's lettuce, aka Claytonia

Fill your container or window box with moistened potting soil to within about 3" of the top.

* If planting transplants or cuttings, make a hole for each plant by pushing some soil off to the sides.

* Remove transplants from their current pots and place them in position in the new container or window box. Try to leave some space between plants for roots to spread and grow. In general, no more than three plants should go in a 12" × 6" window box.

* Once placed, fill in the spaces around the plants, making sure that the crown (where the roots meet the stem) is not buried underneath the soil surface. An inch or two of space should be left between the soil surface and the top of the container to allow for watering.

* Water everything in until the soil is wet right through to the bottom of the pot.

book-depth.pngExcerpted from Grow Great Grub by Gayla Trail Copyright © 2010 by Gayla Trail. Excerpted by permission of Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.


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