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Want to learn how to grow herbs on your windowsill? Well, it’s easy. First of all, you must have a windowsill… Got one of those? Find it, check! Okay great, now find some old jars, containers etc and we are halfway there. We are going to go step by step and talk about growing herbs on your windowsill from off-cuts, the grocery aisle herb containers and even seeds. Easy peasy. Let’s get started.
Would you check out that lovely assortment!
First of all, you need to figure out WHICH herbs you plan on growing and why. Some of you might not be that interested in actually eating the herbs, you just want a bit of greenery around the place. Maybe you are a budding MasterChef and want to supplement your ingredients while cooking. Awesome, whatever works for you. I did a little printable with a list of herbs we recommend as being easy to grow and why. It’s at the bottom of the post under a shorter version of the list. Grab that!
The easiest way to decide what you want to grow is to go with what you like. My partner hates coriander. If we planted coriander in a pot on our windowsill I’m pretty sure he’d toss it out the open window. So we don’t grow it. At any one time, we have a combination of basil, parsley, spring onions, chives and mint. Always mint, it grows like a nut case and is awesome in cocktails. Yum.
Next time you are shopping for groceries, instead of buying dried or tube herbs, grab the small pots or live bunches. This is a great starting point for your herb garden as you know they are hardy, grow well (that’s why the supermarket got them) and taste reasonably good. Plus you were buying herbs anyway, such a win.
If you plan on re-potting your herbs, grab a small bag of soil and any pots you think you may need from the gardening aisle too. Now before you go nuts, let me tell you that my little basil and parsley have grown just fine in the pots they were purchased in. Sure they may never get any bigger and one day will probably die, but they are off cuts growing on a windowsill, small pots is kind of the point.
Want to try our simple tomato one pot pasta recipe? Find it here in our archives.
Ready to get cooking? Tr our freezable frittata muffins recipe. Perfect for breakfast lunch and dinner.
Once I get the herbs home from the supermarket, I like to use them. Obviously. I cut the tips off over the course of the next week, leaving them on my countertop or somewhere they can start to get a little bit of natural light. Water them a little but nothing major. Just get the use out of them that you would have anyway so they don’t go to waste.
Once you are done using them, they’ve also had the time to get used to living outside of a supermarket for a little while, it’s time to make them at home. Find them a permanent spot, move into a larger pot if that’s you plan to and do all the things like harvest what has already grown. Refer to the printable for more information specific to each plant, how and where to cut them. You’ll find that each one is different, parsley you cut leaves or stems from the outside, chives you cut them off to almost soil level and cilantro won’t grow back once entirely harvested (well, not often).
The final step is all about maintenance. Each of the herbs will need a little bit of something different. Some will need more water and some less. Some a move into the sun sometimes, others not. Spring onions even need their water drained once a week to keep them healthy. We’ve added a few notes on each to keep you going, but I’ve always found a bit of trial and error goes a long way.
Melissa is the Leave Home Blog Boss. She is living the high life in her hometown, didn’t finish her marketing degree & drinks too much on a Thursday night. Blogging since 2009, Melissa decided to put everything she knows into making The Leave Home Blog a light & easy how-to guide for being a grown up.