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Old 06-21-2005, 05:41 PM   #1
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Window Sill Herbs?

I'm curious what herbs can be grown indoors, year around, possibly on a window sill?

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Old 06-21-2005, 05:46 PM   #2
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Mrdove,

I've grown, basil, parsley, thyme. I do find that they need plenty of light and will tend to ge "leggy" if they have to search for the sun.. Of course here in California, I can grow most things outside even in winter, if plants are smalll and there is a chance of frost I cover them at night, but I've found that after the plant is a year or so old it can withstand most any temperature.
Heck, get some packets of your favorites and try them on your windowsill..See what you can do...It's fun
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Old 06-21-2005, 06:22 PM   #3
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As a hortculturist and retired retail greenhouse grower and owner, this is my area of specialty.
Good windowsill herbs are parsley (moss-curled in 4" pot, Italian Flat-leaf in 6" pot), thyme, chives, tarragon, sage, oregano, rosemary and winter savory...any perennial herb, really.
Basil is an annual, but if you can give it a warm spot and plenty of sun, you can keep some going. The sun part is what's tricky up her in Illinois. About mid-winter it tends to poop out. The small leaf varieties do best in pots.
Another thing that may surprise you is that peppers are actually perennial plants in warmer climates. A pot of small chili peppers will do great in a sunny window in the winter. Mine are outside now, pinched back and fed and going for a second season.
We have a 30x12' passive solar greenhouse across the south side of our house, adjoining the living area with 3 pairs of sliding glass doors, so I have a good place to grow herbs in the winter. It's nice to be able to step out and pick fresh herbs for the evening's dinner.
It's also pretty cool to see snow on the ground and orchids blooming in the greenhouse.
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Old 06-21-2005, 06:30 PM   #4
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Oh! Constance

How I envy your green house I have a small 8'x 10' that I love but only use in the summer.
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Old 06-21-2005, 07:13 PM   #5
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How about a variety of mints? They grow like weeds! :)
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Old 06-21-2005, 07:19 PM   #6
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Here's a picture to give you an idea of what it looks like. My husband and I designed the house ourselves. It's a wonder the bank gave us a loan...LOL!
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Old 06-21-2005, 10:56 PM   #7
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I have a few questions. This summer I have bought a rosemary plant and a basil plant. Both have taken off. The rosemary plant I have in a 8 inch pot. I recently cut off some of the tops for a dish I made. It seems like it isn't recovering very well. I don't know if it is shock or what, but it isn't growing like it did before I cut it.

The basil I have in a 7 inch pot and it is about 16 inches from top of pot to top of plant. I have only snipped a few leaves, but it is growing very fast. If it grows too big for the pot will it start dying off or will it slow down, I have a very small kithcen and not much room for big pots. The basil has started growing white flowers on them also. Do I have to keep moving it to a bigger pot to keep it alive?
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Old 06-21-2005, 11:13 PM   #8
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Constance, it looks like a photo on a calendar! It's gorgeous!
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Old 06-21-2005, 11:34 PM   #9
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I agree with Jkath! Wow thats impressive!! Well, Constance i have a question or two Hehe. I live in central Fla. My kitchen is facing west, to give you an idea of where the sun is. my window sill is a nice size. But, i really have a black thumb, and i so love plants. i get discouraged cause i dont know what im doing wrong. Could you please give me an idea of the type of soil to use for these herbs. and how much to water them and when? hahahhhaah. I can grow spider plants HAHAHHAHAHAHA.
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Constance - Jealous here. Just beautiful! The trees are fabulous. Lucky, lucky you.
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