Kitchen window herb gardens have many advantages. First of all, they allow for better light control. Not only that, they allow you to use the space for a variety of different activities, including cooking and reading.
As mentioned above, placing indoor plants on kitchen window herbs will provide a wonderful, easy access to direct sunlight. This is essential for any plant, since sunlight is the dominant source of heat in most parts of the world. During the summer months, the light provided by direct sunlight is very much needed to properly nourish and grow most plants. It would be awfully tough to do well in a region where there is no sunshine.
On the other hand, you can enjoy fresh herbs in your indoor herb gardens during the winter, when the sun is not so helpful. That’s because the plants need time to recover from the effects of the cold weather. When the ground is frozen solid, it can be pretty hard for plants to grow. But, in an indoor garden, the root system can get water each day, so the herbs can continue to thrive.
Many indoor herb gardens are also planted along a border. These border herbs, such as basil and parsley, make great border plants because they also bring out a variety of colors. You can have different colors of basil throughout the year, or just opt for a single type throughout the year, such as a lovely purple basil. In addition to using the pots for regular cooking, these border herbs can also be used as garnish for dishes, such as pizza and soup.
The best thing about these kinds of herb plants is that you can move them pretty easily from one place to another. They don’t require a lot of special attention, other than to be moved to prevent frost damage. This really adds to the enjoyment of having your own herb garden. There’s no need to wait for spring to do any gardening, unless you want to have your herbs in full bloom, as many herbs flower in late spring and early summer.
To start an indoor garden, choose plants that are hardy and durable. Basil and oregano, both native to the Mediterranean, are two of the most hardy plants that you can grow in an indoor garden. You can place these herbs right in your kitchen window and enjoy the benefits of the fresh aromas as you cook. Keep in mind that the best temperatures to plant herbs in are those that do not exceed seventy-five degrees, because direct sunlight can make certain herbs burn. If you live in a part of the country where you occasionally get below fifty degrees, you can plant your garden window herbs around your window, in the shade.
Perennial plants are also a nice idea when it comes to kitchen garden window design. These plants will bring color and delight every year into your space, and they are easy to maintain. Many perennials can survive just two growing seasons, so check with a local nursery to find out which ones they recommend. Popular plants for your kitchen window include marigolds, spinach, annatto, basil, mint, and oregano.
The key to a beautiful kitchen garden is to mix up the types of plants you use, and to make sure that they get enough sunlight. Sunlight is critical for many plants, and there are several plants that are better off just being left alone, without any special care. Herbs that are best left alone include sage, chives, and tarragon. In addition, herbs are great if you want to create a natural aroma in your home while still enjoying the fresh herbs at the same time. Plan your kitchen window herb garden with these tips in mind, and enjoy the herbs and the wonderful scents they bring!