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Gimme 5: Plants You Can Grow On A Windowsill & Eat

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Tomatoes

Tomato plants need plenty of light in order to produce flowers and then fruit.
Too little light – plants become leggy, spindly and lack vigour.
Another consideration is growing above a radiator. Too much heat and plants tend to shoot up like rockets – becoming leggy.

The Ideal Situation

A windowsill with plenty of light, or perhaps in a porch or conservatory, with a temperature around 18C during the day and 15C at night.

Trailing tomato plants save space when planted in a hanging pot. Smaller varieties are ideal for this such as Piccalo Red Cherry & Tumbling Tom.

 

Spring Onions

You can pop your spring onion buts in a glass of water and they will start to sprout. Once they have, put them in some compost in a pot on the windowsill and watch them grow!

Strawberries

Strawberries have very shallow roots and can, therefore, be planted in almost anything given the correct soil, water, and light.

 Once strawberries in containers begin flowering, fertilize every 10 days until harvesting is finished. Before planting strawberry houseplants, trim any old or dead leaves, and trim the roots to 10 to 12.5 cm.  Soak the roots for an hour and then plant the strawberry so the crown is even with the soil surface and the root system fans out. 

Bear in mind, strawberries like water, just not too much.

Strawberries, too make a beautiful hanging display.

Herbs

Most herbs can be grown indoors, but those that tend to really thrive inside include no-fuss picks like basil, chives, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary and thyme.

Most herbs prefer a lot of sunlight. That means you’ll want to give your indoor herb garden at least six hours of sun per day to thrive.

Place your plants as close as possible to your brightest window—the bright light of a south-facing window is best. 

Peppers

Bell peppers & chilli peppers are incredibly easy to grow and look lovely on the windowsill. As they are native to Central & South America, they naturally like their environment to be warm and sunny. So a bright kitchen windowsill is ideal.

Give them a pot that is plenty big enough for growth, filled with good quality potting mix. 

Water about once a week, when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil feels dry to the touch, and allow the soil to dry out a bit in between waterings. 

 

Written by: Kym Frederick

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