My windowsill garden

Despite my extremely black thumb, I was determined to have my own herb garden. In fact, I’d been toying with the idea for a long while already, but going supermarket free was what actually made me take the plunge. Buying your herbs and spices at the supermarket seemed cheap and convenient. But now that I wasn’t going to shop at the supermarkets anymore, and I vowed to stick to my budget, I had to reconsider. Growing my own herbs could help me cut the costs of living.

So it began. I planted my first seeds about a month ago. Just one Ikea growing set. Basil, coriander and thyme.

Not long after planting those first seeds, I bought potted parsley and chives and added them to my little windowsill garden as well.

By the end of March, my little garden looked pretty attractive. Despite my black thumb.

Then I discovered you can grow your own food from kitchen scraps. Even when you’ve got a black thumb. So I decided to try my hand at that as well. I mean, you were going to throw those scraps out, so that’s some completely free food!

Yesterday, I cut up some spring onions to go into our supper and placed the ends into a cup of water. And this is what my windowsill garden looked like this morning.

See how much the spring onions have grown overnight? Isn’t that just amazing?

And, oh, I almost forgot to tell you, but during the first week of April I planted some more herbs, from yet another Ikea growing set I still had lying around in my pantry. Lemon balm, oregano and parsley this time. Yes, an additional parsley plant, because you can never have too much parsley.

Then the most amazing thing happened: I bought a tiny little greenhouse for my seedlings. And more seeds and growing sets. Me, with my black thumb! I must be a glutton for punishment.

After a few weeks of growing in their little greenhouse, this is what my lemon balm, oregano and parsley looked like this morning.

But now I had all those other seeds waiting to be planted. They’d been waiting for almost two weeks already, and I really wanted to sow them, but life had been getting in the way, what with the loft conversion and all. However, this afternoon I finally found a pocket of time to get my hands dirty. With the help of DD-19, who just arrived home for the weekend, I planted rosemary, dill, mint, onions and strawberries. Because who doesn’t love strawberries? Or fresh mint tea?

So this is what my windowsill garden looks like now.

Coriander, thyme, basil, rosemary, chives, spring onions, dill and parsley.

Mint, onions, strawberries, lemon balm, parsely and oregano.

And now my windowsills – the only ones that get enough direct sunlight (when it’s not raining) – are full, and I can’t plant my other seeds. Yet. I have to come up with some clever plan to grow even more plants inside.


About Liam

Poet, writer, aspiring minimalist
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