A Greenhouse For The Room – The Herb Garden on The Windowsill

The enthusiastic gardener generally doesn't have too much to do in winter - apart from planning for the coming season. But the gardener isn't entirely out of luck: many herbs can also be grown in the cold season, for example in a large greenhouse or, even more practical, in a propagator on the kitchen windowsill.

Preparing a Propagator and Sowing Seeds

All you need is a simple propagator. This consists of a flat shell and a cover hood, which should have closable ventilation slots. This model does not have to be heatable. Fill the planting bowl with good quality seed and herb soil up to the edge. Measure the appropriate distances with a ruler and make individual plant markings. Put the herb seeds in there – if possible individually – and cover them only lightly with soil. Moisten the seeds and close the propagator with the cover. Place the whole thing in a bright and warm place (the kitchen would be ideal, of course) and keep the herb seeds slightly moist for the coming days and weeks. Do not forget to ventilate the greenhouse regularly.

Which herbs are suitable for the propagator?

Naturally, only smaller herbs such as parsley, chives, cress or picking salad are suitable for cultivation directly in the propagator – after all, the planting bowl is not very large or deep. However, you can also pick the plants after germination or as soon as they’re large enough and move them to larger planters. In this case, a whole range of possible species is available.

herbs and cultivate them on the windowsill.

The pots with the home-grown herbs can be cultivated on the windowsill, as long as it is light and warm enough there. Remember that the plants need several hours of light a day, so install a plant light if necessary. Water and fertilize the herbs according to your needs, but avoid stagnant moisture at all costs. By the way: Herbs can be cultivated wonderfully in a (heated) greenhouse even in winter.

Tip: Don’t be surprised if some seeds don’t seem to want to germinate: whereas cress shows its green tips after only two days, other herbs like parsley sometimes take several weeks to germinate. So be patient!

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