Living in a tiny space like an apartment can get dreary, because it lacks a yard to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. That doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up the place by bringing a little of the outside—in! Below, are directions for a low-maintenance DIY windowsill herb garden. Whether you’re whipping up delicious meals or cocktails, your secret ingredients are safe with us!
Find your favorite potager*
Head over to the gardening section of any store to select the type of planter you will use for your windowsill herb garden. Make sure you choose a pot that has holes in the bottom. If you have style in mind and are using things like a wooden trough or a modern planter, just drill some quick holes in the bottom for proper drainage.
* BTW, potager (pronounced pot..ah..jay) is a French word that basically means windowsill herb garden or planter. Now you can say it to your friends to make yourself feel fancy.
Pick your herbs
Now it’s time to pick the herbs you will plant. It is best to choose versatile varieties that grow all year long like, basil, dill, oregano, thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary and mint. This is because you don’t want to find yourself, during mid-dinner prep, reaching for a seasonal ingredient that isn’t there. Also, the versatility and longevity of these plants are great if you stink at gardening and the only plant you’ve ever come in contact with is a dead one.
Fill your potager with high quality potting mix. Other types of soil are too heavy for herbs and won’t allow for proper drainage. Next dig a tiny hole that fits each plant. Don’t yank your plants out from their starter containers. Be gentle and tip the starter container over and lightly tap until each plant falls out. Now gently place each plant in its tiny dugout inside the potager. “Potager”—what a fun word to say.
Give them light
Find a home for your plants by a window that receives constant natural light. Herbs need about four hours of sunlight per day to keep them stayin’ alive—stayin’ alive.
Keep them hydrated
You drink when you are thirsty and so do plants. Herbs like it when their soil is wet but not soggy. To keep from oversaturating your plants, place your index finger into the soil to check the moisture level. If the soil is too moist, then back off. If the soil feels dry, that means it is time to water again.
When all else fails…
If you just can’t stand the idea of a DIY or you just don’t want to go all-in on this thing but want to keep up with the latest trend—don’t worry, we’ve got you. Just head to amazon.com and search “herb garden kit” to have one delivered straight to your doorstep!