Start a windowsill herb garden! Create the only garden where you can do your cultivating in a lovely evening gown or your comfy pajamas if you like.
Not only will you eat better and save money but by growing your own indoor potted herb garden you are keeping fresh ingredients close to your fingertips even during the winters cold months. There are a few things that need to be considered before you start but they are minor. Just dig in and have fun. You will be surprised how easy, fun, healthy and economical this hobby is.
Start by placing the potted herbs near or by a sunny window. Place the die hard sun lovers in the center and the less demanding off to the sides. Oregano is a sun lover! Even in late fall, it's not to late to pick up herb starters at any home and garden center. If for some reason you can't find them where you live, go online.
There are many places to shop from now. The 5 that we recommend the most would be Oregano, chives, mint, rosemary, and thyme. They can be used on a regular basis because they are included in most home cook recipes. They are also hardy enough to make it through the winter in your potted garden.
Since a potted windowsill garden takes up little space you will want to start with small pots. A 4" pot is a good place to start. Make sure they have drain holes and saucers to match. We like terracotta but any glazed or decorative container will work. Right now there are tons of cute set ups. We have seen clay pots in wire racks that are cute and portable for watering.
Start with covering the drain hole with gravel, pot shards or pot filler. Fill with potting soil not garden soil, take the herb out of the nursery container and place on the soil and then back fill with more soil. Try to get a fairly tight fit without any air holes and fill to within 1/4" of the top of the planter. Water the soil and get growing!
Once the winter months have ended you can transplant into a larger container on your patio or in your garden area. Keep all plants trimmed so they don't get over grown and woody. Most of all - have fun!