How to Start a Window Sill Herb Garden

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When starting a window sill herb garden, it's important to grow herbs that are going to be used regularly, such as oregano, rosemary and chives. Find out how to start herb gardens by seed with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to start a window sill herb garden, and if you're not American that would be a herb garden, but we're in America so we call it an herb garden. Anyway, the plants that you can grow in a herb garden should be your favorite herbs. So, take a look in your cabinets and find out all the herbs that you use on a regular basis. For, example, this is oregano, and I have some mint and chives and some rosemary as well, and those are my favorites. So, those are the types of herbs that I want to grow in my window sill herb garden and you can either buy the herbs already growing or you can start them by seed yourself and the easiest way to do that is with just a little seed tray and you just use a little bit of some seed starter mix which is just a nice mix of vermiculite and peat moss and a lot of times you can use just any type of a potting soil as well or even sand and you just start it in the trays put some seeds in that, keep them watered, but don't let them sit in water. They'll eventually sprout and you just take the strongest plant and thin out the smallest ones and they eventually grow and make a nice mat of roots, and then you turn around and take those roots into a larger container. So, any herb can grow on a window sill, but it should be a very, very sunny window sill because they need lots of sun. And some artificial light is always a bonus as well because if you have a light on at night or any type of a fluorescent light or any type of light that's on in the night or during the day just give them extra light is always a good thing, and you can trim and take off parts of the plants as needed. And you can use nice, beautiful containers or you can just put them right onto a plate. And the trick with a window sill herb garden is you never want to damage your beautiful window sills and the wood. So, make sure you always have a plate or something underneath your plant because you don't want the plant sitting right in water all the time because it will rot and you'll lose it. But, yet you don't want to put that right on the window sill because the water will do damage to your woodwork and you don't want that to happen. And, so make sure that you water them well. An easy way to water your herbs is right in your sink, and so just soak it and make sure that all the water drains out before you put it back on your plate or your saucer or whatever you're going to use. So, anybody can grow a window sill herb garden. You don't have to have a beautiful outside garden to have an inside garden and select the herbs that you enjoy the most and put them in a nice sunny spot and just trim them back as needed and also just trim them down if they get leggy. Sometimes they will overtime. You can cut the herbs almost all the way to the bottom and they will grow a nice new lush herbs again and that's the great thing about herbs is that you can use them year round in your cooking and they're a wonderful addition to your inside garden.