While you're waiting for baby, get a little caregiving practice in with an herb garden. Erin Marino of The Sill shows us how.
Indoor window boxes are a go-to for both frustrated urban gardeners and nervous beginners. Even if you lack the time, energy, spare space or green thumb to maintain a large garden, you can still enjoy greenery in small yet striking ways with window boxes.
Available in an endless amount of choices of color, texture and size, you are sure to find one that is a perfect fit for you and your space.
Herbs are a popular choice for window boxes because of their usefulness--nothing beats having fresh herbs on hand. We chose basil, which prefers full sun, but there’s a multitude of herbs out there that can thrive in a shadier sill. Make sure to choose the right herb based on your light.
Top 5 Light Shade Picks: Mint, Chamomile, Thyme, Parsley, Cilantro
Top 5 Full Sun Picks: Basil, Lavender, Oregano, Rosemary, Chives
If you plan to plant more than one herb in your box, make sure to combine plants that need the same amount of light and water. Planting in a plastic liner instead of directly into the box makes changing plantings easy.
Seed packets are definitely the most economical way to go, but small plants ready for transplanting into your box will be ready to harvest sooner.
Once you decide on your herbs, get your hands dirty with these top 4 Tips for Window Boxes:
1. Pick the right potting soil. Choose a good quality, fast-draining soil. For small potted plants, including smaller window boxes, we recommend Brooklyn Blend potting soil. A lightweight potting mix, it makes moving around window boxes a bit easier.
2. Get a box with drainage. This is important If your window box does not have drainage holes. Layer the bottom with stone or gravel to create drainage. We like to use a mix of lava rocks and charcoal.
3. Leave room for growth. Don’t cram plants in too tightly. Leave room for roots to breath and plants to grow.
4. Prune and snip. Don’t be afraid to clip and cut. Regular pruning keeps plants in a restricted space healthy and happy. Herbs especially benefit from constant harvesting. Pruned plants grow back more thickly and compactly, too.
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