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Smarter Home: Plant a Windowsill Garden

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There’s been a lot of talk about gardening lately, which happens every year around this time of year. Afterall, Spring just so happens to be the best time to plant a garden; not to mention the imminent approach of Earth Day has people rushing outside and planting seeds to grow all types of plants.

If all this gardening talk has you down because either your green thumb isn’t so green or your an urban dweller without the resources to go out and sow your own land, cheer up. The windowsill herb garden is a great way to get your hands dirty--but not too dirty.

First you need a sunny windowsill--it should get sun for at least five hours a day. Then you need to purchase a container (6-12 inches deep), soilless potting mix, and herb plants. Put about 3-inches of mix into the pot, make sure it drains well, and put your herb plants in.  Then add another inch or so of potting mix.

When it comes to picking out herbs, a lot of people recommend dill, mint, thyme, and parsley. I’m partial to basil, but it seems most people agree that it’s best to do this one on its own because the leaves get big. Whatever herbs you try, be sure not to water too often (herbs don’t need a ton of water), and trim back as necessary. Most important, enjoy fresh herbs all summer long!

Do you plant herbs?

by on Apr. 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Replies (31-40):
by on Apr. 20, 2011 at 7:25 PM

 We do all our gardening outside, well I shold say DH does his gardening outside. I don't do well with plants I have killed every plant I've ever tried to grow.

by on Apr. 20, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I used to but haven't had the time in awhile to do it. I think I will start again soon!

by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2011 at 7:54 PM


by on Apr. 20, 2011 at 8:12 PM

No, I don't

by on Apr. 20, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I don't because my cats would get in my windows and eat them. If I had a window in my kitchen I would though.

by on Apr. 20, 2011 at 8:39 PM

 I am not a green thumb, I am more of a black thumb of death, but I love to cook. I will have to try this.

by on Apr. 20, 2011 at 9:23 PM

no herbs and no garden. Maybe some day

by on Apr. 20, 2011 at 11:48 PM

No I don't plant anything and I always tell people not to get me live potted flowers or plants bc no matter what I do they die on me. lol I do NOT have a green thumb.


by on Apr. 21, 2011 at 2:01 AM

 Me and plants do not match , My husband has the green thumb in the family

by on Apr. 21, 2011 at 3:14 AM

i was given an herb kit, that i've been wanting to plant.

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