5 Easy Things to Grow on your Window Sill
Is there really anything better than eating veg, herbs or salad that you have grown yourself? Even if you have limited outside space, you can utilise your window sill and benefit from delicious home grown produce.
Before you get planting, you are going to need some pots or planters to use for your window sill veg patch! There are lots of different shapes, sizes and colours available to suit every home from traditional terracotta pots to recycled tin cans and much more. You can order your pots online or head to your local garden centre to purchase your planters and plants at the same time.
Right, now you’ve got something to plant your veg in, let’s get into our list of 5 easy things to grow on your window sill.
Baby lettuces are a great choice for your window sill veg garden. Not only are they quick and easy to grow, you’ll never have to worry about soggy lettuce ever again! If you have the space, you can also add some purple salad leaves for a bit of colour and variety. Purple salad grows very fast, so each time you harvest some leaves add some extra seeds. You should start to see some lettuce leaves after around 30 days, now is the perfect time to get planting in time for delicious summer salads.
There is something extra delicious about home grown tomatoes, and there are a few varieties that will grow particularly well on a sunny window sill. We recommend opting for Heartbreaker, Sweet ’n’ neat or Vilma varieties, as they like to grow in pots. One thing to note with tomatoes, is that they need plenty of sunlight so make sure they get treated to a sunny window sill to get the best crop possible! Also as they grow, they may need a little support, bamboo sticks and thin pieces of wood are the best for the job.
Who doesn’t love carrots? They are so versatile; chopped up raw with hummus, roasted, in a stir-fry, the carrot possibilities are endless! When you plant your carrots, they need depth so be sure to choose a planter that can provide the necessary depth. Carrots are a pretty robust veg so will be happy in their window sit home. If you have some extra space, you can also grow some spring onions with your carrots as the onions will help deter carrot root fly. Carrots will take about 45 days from planting to harvest.
Love a curry or a little spice? Chillies are the perfect plant to grow on your window sill. There are lots of varieties of chilli available and we’d recommend doing some research so you don’t end up growing a chilli variety that is too hot for you and your family to enjoy! A top tip is to pick your chillies frequently to encourage more fruit to grow and the longer you leave your chillies on the plant, the hotter they get!
Herbs are a fantastic option if you have limited space and are a total gardening novice! There are so many to choose from and they are readily available at local garden centres and even supermarkets. Mint, parsley, thyme and oregano are a great selection to start with and can be used for drinks, salads and marinades.
There are so many delicious things to grow on your window sill, but this list is a great place to start. In need of new windows and new window sills? Contact our team today, to find out about the different options available.