But the real clincher is that basil can be fragile, requiring even moisture and light, and often performs much better indoors than in the garden. Unlike basil, mint is very easy to grow and will offer you large yields of fresh-smelling, delicately textured leaves year round.
When your plant starts to flower, yank up the entire thing and hang it upside down to dry. Silvery sage will make your entire house smell amazing, and if you believe the hype, can also cleanse your home's energies.
The fresh leaves release a summery, peppery odor and flavor that pairs amazingly with rich dishes. Its tiny leaves, either used as sprigs or chopped and crumbled into baked goods, release a light and lemony flavor that pairs with sweet and savory foods.
Whether you have 5,000 square feet of house sitting on acres of garden -ready land, or a tiny loft with one window and a few cubic feet to spare, you've got room for a collection of herbs on your windowsill. They're easy to grow, fragrant, and will instantly upgrade anything you can put fresh herbs on…even if it's just a frozen pizza (speaking from experience here).
Unfortunately there are lots of containers, dishes, bowls, jars, and glasses that would be cute to put herbs in, but if they don't offer any drainage, they're a no-go. Then choose a container that has a hole in the bottom for drainage, and a tray or saucer to protect whatever it is sitting on.
Separate pots are a great idea, as some plants like drier or wetter soil than others. As far as which herbs specifically to grow, start with some proven MVP's.
Fresh oregano is actually milder than dried, so it's handy to have around if you find yourself cooking a variety of international dishes. A must-have during the holidays, sage also looks gorgeous growing before getting clipped for stews and dressing.
While a windowsill in the kitchen is most convenient for its proximity to meal prep, any window in your home will work. Cover with a plastic wrap or dome to keep moist and promote germination.
Starting herbs from seeds is possible and rewarding, says Toby Adams, Director of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden, in Bronx, New York, but will take significantly more time to grow to the size necessary to begin harvesting. He recommends sourcing herbs from seedlings, which are young plants that grew from seed rather than a cutting.
“ Culinary herbs like full and direct sun, so it is important to locate a windowsill with this in mind,” Adams explains. Mint, rosemary, basil, oregano, chives, parsley, and thyme all grow especially well on a windowsill, and you'll likely use these most in the kitchen.
If there's another herb you love and cook with regularly, you should feel free to try planting it. Its root system needs space to grow and if it doesn't, it won't be able to support the plant.
If you want one container to hold a few different plants, make sure they all have the same sun, temperature, and water needs. Bring some nature inside and switch up your meals with fresh ingredients.
From baby beetroot to edible flowers, there are a whole hosts of amazing vegetables you can grow on your windowsill. This peppery favorite is one of the easiest vegetables to grow on your windowsill, and is perfect to add to a salad or sandwich at lunchtime.
You don’t even need compost to grow cress, as it can be grown on wet tissue or cotton wool. Line a tray or container with wet tissue/cotton wool, sprinkle the seeds over and press them in.
Place the tray on a warm windowsill with plenty of sunlight and gently water them daily. Try growing in compost for bigger, more nutritious plants with a stronger flavor.
Follow the same process and cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost once you’ve scattered them. Delicious in stir fry and salads, these little guys are a gem in the world of windowsill gardening.
You can grow them using whole dried peas you find in your supermarket or local shop. To activate the dried peas and get the best results, you’ll need to soak them overnight in water.
Top tip The pea shoots will grow back again for a second time after you’ve cut them, so keep them on your windowsill for ongoing greens. Packed with vitamins, herbs can brighten up any dish and make a plain bowl of pasta or rice come to life.
Basil, parsley and mint are great choices that are simple to grow. Simply grab a pot or container with holes in the bottom so that excess water can drain.
Parsley windowsill herbs, Nintendo La Lu/Unsplash Kale is one to try if you have a garden, balcony or window box as it grows happily outdoors in pots. Top Tip If you want slightly bigger plants, you can prick out a few of the seedlings and replant them in individual pots.
Kale, Ellen Male © RBG New You can grow beetroot in pots for a harvest of tender, baby roots. Use scissors to snip the chives near the base of the plants to encourage new growth.
Species such as bumblebees and honeybees love collecting nectar from the purple flowers. Top tip It’s best to pick edible flowers just before you intend to eat them, so they’re still firm and full of flavor, or you can store them in the fridge in a plastic bag.
Keep the soil moist and in about four weeks time, you should have some tasty pink radish to pull up and enjoy. There is something deliciously attractive about a neat row of culinary herbs lining the kitchen windowsill.
Growing fresh herbs for kitchen use is a draw with the added bonus of their decorative value. Some of the more common herbs are good-looking in both foliage and flower, and regular trimming only helps to keep them growing compactly.
Chives are compact and are easy to harvest with a simple snip whenever a little onion flavor is desired. Basil is a favorite and a particularly handsome plant- used in pesos and salads, especially, it is a great candidate for the kitchen windowsill garden.
Perhaps my problem begins with the fact that I like to buy it as a Christmas plant, and it is potted in much too small a container and kept in less than ideal conditions before I purchase it. Whatever the reason, it has proved a very temporary, albeit enjoyable addition to my winter kitchen windowsill.
Here is a list to choose from: Basil Oregano Marjoram Mint Parsley Thyme Tarragon Chives Coriander(seeds) AKA Cilantro(leaves) Sage While almost any herb could be grown indoors during the winter, there are probably limits to the success of growing many of them, whether because of their deep rooting habits, larger sizes, or they may be unsuitable for other reasons.
Tips: Container herbs benefit from compost and a sterile medium of peat moss, vermiculite, and per lite. Add slow release fertilizer and water-absorbing polymers which reduce the need for watering. The best thing about growing your own herbs and spices indoors is that you don’t have to worry about how hot or cold the weather is.
A favorite herb for cooking Italian dishes, oregano can be grown indoors pretty easily. This herb tends to like having a lot of sun, so you can easily stick it in the window with good light to help it grow.
Once it has grown, work the herb into your sauces or main dishes to give it some extra flavor. You’ll want to be sure you pluck the leaves before the small white flowers appear so that you get the full flavor.
If the plant starts to bloom, the leaves will be less potent and won’t be as flavorful when you add them to a dish. Mint can be refreshing in a salad, and it makes a great addition to your warm or cold tea drinks throughout the year.
With parsley, the more sun it has, the faster it will grow making it a great herb that you can easily control. You may be surprised at how fragrant a curry plant can be and that’s what makes it a great addition to any indoor herb garden.
If you’re looking to grow your own chives, they love the sun but can easily be grown indoors where there is plenty of light coming through the window. Chives also tend to regrow once you’ve trimmed the leaves down, so you’ll continuously get more herbs to use.
Just like any other plant, be sure to water them moderately and keep them in the window or area where there is plenty of sun coming through. If the plant becomes root bound, then transplant the herb into a pot one size larger.