Spring is finally here! We can all cheer – the seemingly eternal Canadian winter has passed. By now, I’m sure you’ve noticed your local plant nurseries and farmers markets are brimming with flowers, plants, trees…and fresh herbs.
Fresh herbs is a great way to add more flavour to all your meals. Always having fresh herbs on hand makes it easy to toss in a some fresh chive, or basil into your morning scrambled eggs or add some fresh parsley and coriander leaves to your lunchtime salad. Fresh herbs add flavour and freshness to any recipe. We love herbs so much that we love growing them year round!
Spring is a great time to get started on a year round window sill herb garden. Fresh herb plants are everywhere, so finding all the varieties you like will be easy! Of course, you can always buy seed packets and grow them from seed, but buying fresh sproutlets speeds up the process and allows you to cultivate the herbs sooner. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Pick a Sill
Be sure to choose a window will that gets regular light and is close to the kitchen. The best place to keep herbs is a kitchen window sill, but that’s not always feasible. So, try to find a window that is not too far, but has ample sunlight and plenty of space for the pots.
Step 2: Choose your Herbs
Choose herbs you love. Yes, some herbs are harder to care for than others, but generally, they will be pretty simple to care for, so buy what you love to cook with! Some of our favorites are: basil, thyme, rosemary, and mint. These herbs are common in most recipes and very versatile.
Step 3: Choose the Containers
There are so many fun choices when it comes to containers for your herb garden. You can do everything from ceramic pots to canning jars. Pick a style that works for you. No matter what you choose, we suggest getting a plate or tray to place underneath. This will help prevent spills from damaging the sill and make for easy maintenance.
Step 4: Plant the Herbs
Use a good quality soil, this is important for long term health. A 50/50 mix of potting soil and garden soil would be perfect. If starting from seed, try a mix of potting and seed starting soil.
Step 5: Take Proper Care
If you take proper care of your herbs, they will continue to provide you with fresh flavours for years. Be sure trim off dead leaves, cultivate often to prevent flowering (especially basil and cilantro) and provide fresh water. Be sure to pull the herbs away from cold windows during winter to so the leaves dont touch the glass, cold glass could damage the plants. Fertilize about once or twice a month to keep them healthy
Do you have a window sill herb garden? We’d love to see it!