A window herb garden is the most convenient asset to a chef, professional or amateur. Fresh herbs enhance the flavors of a dish many times more than dry herbs. The best herb garden window planter is one that contains several different herbs. It's so simple to snip off what is needed for a recipe, without having to make a run out to the local grocery store. The whole project can be completed in an afternoon, with few gardening skills.
Choose annual or small perennial herb plants from your local nursery or garden center. Put herbs that require the same amount of lighting together. If you mix them, some may get burned from too much sunshine and others may not flourish due to not enough. A good mix for herbs that require full sun are basil, oregano, thyme, tarragon, and sage. A good mix for herbs that require partial sun are parsley, mint, chives, marjoram and chervil.
Decide on a container that is large enough to accommodate the herbs chosen and has drainage holes in the bottom. Remember that the herb plants need some space between them (a couple of inches) for soil and growth. Consider the space for the container as well as the style of the room décor. Terra cotta pots go with any style and they come in many shapes and sizes.
Plan the arrangement of the herbs in the container before starting to plant. Place the little pots on the workspace and move them around until you like the way they mesh together. There is no rule. However, you wouldn't want all the shorter herbs on one side of the pot and all the taller ones on the other side, as the planter would appear unbalanced.
Fill the container with potting soil to the height of the bottom of the small herb pots. The container herb soil should be located at the top of the herb plant soil and about an inch below the top of the larger container when finished. Choose a potting soil that includes moisture beads and is pre-fertilized.
Remove the herbs from their nursery containers. Hold onto the plant by the stem and turn the plant upside-down by holding onto the pot with your other hand. If the plant does not slide out easily, gently tap the sides and bottom of the container.
Place the plants, as you arranged earlier, on top of the soil. Pour a handful of soil at a time between and around the herb plants. Lightly press down on the soil, adding additional soil if needed. You are finished when the soil is as high as the original potted herb plant soil.
Water the planted herbs until the excess water comes out the bottom of the container. Then water every week or two, as the soil becomes dry. Put the herb window planter in its permanent location.