How to grow on the windowsill?
It would seem, well, what use can be found for the windowsill in the house? Someone uses it as a shelf and puts on it all sorts of trinkets, some people plant room flowers on window sills, such as violets or geraniums, and even domestic cats like to sit on window sills - that's probably all that comes to mind .
However, this is not all the destinations of the window sill; if you wish, you can turn your home window sill into a real mini-garden and grow all kinds of plants on it all winter.
What plants can be grown on the windowsill
If you are just a beginner amateur gardener, we advise you to start your plant growing experiments with growing green onions.
How to grow green onions
Maybe you still remember how in childhood for the lessons of botany they sprouted onions in mayonnaise jars? Proceed in the same way and this time - look for several bulbs in the package with onion roots, pick up suitable jars, fill them with water, put the bulbs on top (their roots should be in water) and put the jars on the window sill.Even better, if you have a free flower pot in your house, fill it with earth and plant some bulbs in it. For more information on the cultivation of green onions, we have previously been told in the article How to grow green onions at home | We grow onions on the windowsill.
After onion cultivation is successfully mastered, engage in more complex botanical experiments and try to grow spicy herbs.
How to grow herbs on the windowsill
First of all, get flower pots (clay or plastic), a fluorescent lamp, and even better - a special fitolampa, a shovel, a watering can and a spray bottle. Buy in the flower shop a large package of land for indoor plants (it is best to purchase land intended for growing violets) and packing expanded clay. The easiest way to grow on the window sill is unpretentious garden greens with relatively large seeds - parsley, cilantro or dill. It is from these cultures that we advise you to begin your experiences.
How to grow parsley, cilantro and dill:
- Purchase sachets of seeds in a specialty store. When buying, pay attention to the fact that parsley must be leafy, not root variety. Dill is better to buy a bush, medium or late-ripening.
- Soak the seeds in room temperature water before planting for a day.
- Put some claydite on the bottom of the pot, fill the pot with the soil almost to the top, lightly tamp the soil and pour it lightly.
- When the water is almost absorbed, spread the seeds on the surface of the earth, slightly pressing them into the soil. Sprinkle the seeds with a centimeter layer of earth on top, cover the pot with glass (or at least film) and put it in a dark warm place. While the pot is under the glass, the ground in it is not necessary to be watered.
- When the seeds hatch, remove the glass and move the pot to the lightest window sill in the house.
- If the seedlings are too thick, thin them slightly.
- Water your herbs every other day and daily in the morning highlight them with phytolamp, including for three to four hours. In the darkest days, the lamp must be turned on not only in the morning, but also in the evening.
Then try to grow herbs with small seeds - mint, marjoram or lemon balm.
How to grow mint, marjoram or lemon balm:
- In a flower pot, fill the clay and the ground as described above. Do not tamp the earth in a pot.
- Spread the seeds evenly over the soil surface with your fingers.
- Arm yourself with a spray dispenser, filled with warm, separated water, and from a short distance spray plenty of water over the pot - small splashes of water �wad� the seeds into the ground. From above, it is NOT necessary to fill the seeds with earth!
- Then cut out a circle from a very dense film - its diameter should be equal to the inner diameter of the pot.
- Place a plastic circle on the surface of the earth in a pot, but do not press it to the ground - there should be a gap of a few millimeters between the film and the ground.
- Put the pot in a shaded warm place.
- After the seeds hatch, remove the circle and cover the pot with glass.
- Regularly remove the glass and pour the earth in a spray bottle.
- When the sprouts get stronger and turn green, remove the glass completely and move the pot to a well-lit window sill. Do not forget to water the grass every other day; now you can do it with a small watering can.
Similarly, watercress can be grown on the windowsill, the seeds of which also do not need to be buried in the ground.
In late autumn and winter, all these herbs and lettuce should also be highlighted as we have already told you when we talked about growing dill and parsley.
If you already, as they say, have gotten into the taste and no longer doubt your abilities, dare and continue to master the technology of growing plants on the windowsill. You still have something to strive for - experienced gardeners can grow not only greens, but also cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and even strawberries on the window sills.