Seeds vs Herb Seedlings
If you feel that you would be better off with a windowsill herb garden that has been built from scratch then there are several things that you need to consider. For instance, you may have a green thumb and enjoy growing herbs from the seeds. Considering windowsill gardens tend to be a lot smaller than conventional gardens you can plant the seeds into the pots that you will utilize for the mature plants.
However, if a quick harvest is your number one priority then transplanting seedlings comes highly recommended. It is important to note that some herb seeds can take up to a month to germinate, and additional several weeks to be ready for harvest. In fact, rosemary and other such perennial herbs will take a full growing season until you can use them for cooking purposes, so we would recommend that you buy young plants so that you will be able to enjoy them much sooner.
Also, it is imperative that you allow the seedlings to settle in nicely after you have transplanted them. Failure to do so may lead to shock that can harm the plants. Newly planted herbs should also never be exposed to changes in the environment or extreme temperatures as well.
How to Mix and Fertilize the Soil
You have many potting mixes to choose from on the market, and they will all perform well with your herbs. However, some are simply better than others, so you should look for a mix that drains well. As such, potting mixes that contain perlite are highly recommended. Perlite looks like a bean bag filling and consists of little white pellets. As an added bonus, perlite will also help prevent the soil from packing down.
In regards to fertilizer, newbies will often add too much, in the hopes that it will somehow help their plants grow quicker or healthier. In reality, too much fertilizer will lead to a decrease in the production oils that give herbs their amazing aroma and taste. Too much fertilizer will also burn your plants, so the general rule of thumb is to use half the amount of fertilizer that you would use on garden plants on container plants. Also, herb gardens respond well to fertilizers that are seaweed or fish based.
Sunlight is Key
Certain herbs, such as thyme, mint, sage, and rosemary actually require a lot of sunlight in order to grow properly. As such, when you are growing your herbs in your windowsill garden ensure that the location you select has southern exposure. There should also be very little to no overhang from the eaves of your home. However, if you live in an area with minimum sun exposure, then cilantro, tarragon, chives, and parsley are great options; as they will grow with only three hours of sunlight per day.
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