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Simple Tips For A Herb Window Garden

Updated on September 12, 2013

Growing Fresh Herbs On Your Windowsill

There is nothing better than being able to add some fresh herbs picked straight from the plant and added to your cooking, or picking off a few leaves and adding boiling water to them in a cup for a refreshing drink. This sounds wonderful, but is it possible if you don't have a vegetable patch or herb garden? Yes, even without a garden or outdoor space it is still possible to grow and enjoy fresh herbs. As long as you have at least one windowsill in your house that you can use you should be able to grow at least a few herbs in a herb window garden.

A herb window garden is a pot or container or a collection of them that fit neatly on an indoor windowsill. Herbs are ideally suited for growing on windowsills as they do not take up much space compared to growing fruit and vegetables and only a little goes a long way in cooking.

Choosing a container.

When choosing the containers for your herb window garden, it is worth considering options that will suit the existing decoration if the room. There are some great purpose made herb window planters available which do a good job of providing a home for your herbs and creating an attractive display on your windowsills. If you want to keep your growing to a minimal cost consider making you own from recycled containers such as tin cans.

Choose plants according to your preferences and the conditions available.

Remember to choose plants that suit the direction your windows face. If you want to grow Mediterranean herbs, a good dose of warmth and sunshine is required. The types of herbs you grow should depend on what you would normally use in your cooking. There is little point in growing herbs that you never have in your food unless you want to grow it for its decorative qualities.

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For best results, windows that get full exposure to sunshine are best, though some herbs, such as mint will tolerate and even appreciate less sunny conditions. Make sure not to trap them between the window and blinds or curtains if it is cold outside. This space can get very cold if the weather turns chilly, so remember to take your plants off the windowsill overnight when temperatures drop. Also, rotate the plants on a regular basis in order to expose all sides of the plants to the outside light. This will endure they grow evenly.

Don't forget to water your plants.

The ideal place for your herbs will be on a kitchen windowsill, handy for cooking, and will be easy to water them straight from the tap. Regardless of where they are located, most herbs will require more frequent watering than ornamental house plants.


The majority of herbs are easy to grow and require little in the way of care and maintainence. A herb window garden makes it possible for anyone to enjoy the pleasure of growing and using their own home grown herbs.


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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      thanks so much! :)

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Such a beautiful Hub, love your photos.

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      Adrian Smith 6 years ago from UK

      So glad this is helpful! Happy growing. :)

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      ladeda 6 years ago

      Thanks for this Hub! I plan on starting one of these this summer! I really want a garden, but live in a studio apartment at the moment, so this is perfect.