Had a go at growing herbs in your window space but having difficulties, or just want to expand your knowledge and skill when it comes to growing? Here are 5 things you can do to make growing herbs easier and get better results.
Interested in growing vegetables too? Check out our Vegetable Growing Cheat Sheet [infographic]
Upcycle your Waste into Herb Pots
Actual plant pots look boring, and often aren’t the sort of the thing you leave lying around your house especially if you’re just beginning to develop your herb-growing skills. The good news is, there are lots of things that can easily be modified or upcycled into pots to grow your herbs in. Anything from plastic bottles to shoe organisers.
Use an App to Remember to Water them
One of the biggest setbacks for people just starting to grown their own food and herbs is remembering to water them. This is especially important during the hot summer we’re having now. Luckily, someone has made an app to remind you.
Waterbug lets you photograph your herbs, then select which one it is from their database. Once set up, it will send you a reminder every time the herb or plant needs watering. Tap the plant (in the app, don’t hurt them) and the timer will reset.
Grow the Right Herbs for your Window
If you live in the UK, you’ll have to accept that some herbs will not naturally thrive in your window. They may do okay throughout the summer, but we all know that winter is coming, so choose wisely, unless you’re prepared to spend some money on incubation or heating for your herbs. Here are some of the herbs you’ll be safest growing in the UK, although it’s always worth a search if you want something not on the list:
Know when to use Specialised Plant Food
Certain types of herbs will benefit from nutrient formulas, yet others will get out of control, flower and fail to produce leaves on the level you want them to. The main problem is around overfeeding them. Too much fertiliser will cause the herbs to grow faster, but will reduce the aroma and flavour produced.
Get a Mini Greenhouse
Greenhouses are a great way of upping the temperature in your window, but the obvious space confinements of the windowsill mean you need a mini one, specially designed to go on there.
There are a tonne of different models of these, but, if you need somewhere to look, IKEA have recently released their new PS range, included in which is a greenhouse for your window!