How to grow greens on a windowsill in winter: useful and simple rules
You can enjoy fresh herb salads in the middle of a cold winter. Of course, almost everyone has the opportunity to buy everything in the supermarket nowadays, but greens grown on your own windowsill are always healthier and taste better.
It's important to choose the right plants and provide them with optimal light and watering. Lifehacker has published some tips to help you grow herbs on your windowsill.
What herbs to choose
It is worth paying attention to more hardy herbs that will grow all winter long. For example, thyme and rosemary overwinter quite well, and oregano can be pulled out even if the plant becomes a little dry. Be sure to plant parsley, onions, dill, cilantro, and basil. For winter planting, it is better to choose plants with large fluffy leaves.
Planting in pots
Seedlings need to be thinned out and transplanted. An excessive amount of greenery in a small container means that the seedlings will compete for resources, and the plants will not be able to develop normally. So one of the main points is to thin out the seedlings. You should remove the plant from the pot, and then carefully separate the roots, freeing them from clods of earth. Next, you need to transplant and water the seedlings, but there should be enough water as plants need moist, not wet soil.
Transplanting is a real stress for plants. The day before transplanting, leave them in a dark place at room temperature. At the stage of recovery and adaptation to new conditions, you should move the seedlings to the windowsill.
Watering and fertilizing
Feed and water the plants regularly. At the stage of getting used to new conditions, plants may experience stress and shed their leaves. This is a natural reaction, so don't panic. Just give the seedlings a day or two to recover. Water only when the substrate is sufficiently dry.
Fertilizing should be done 2 times a month. A mistake that is often made with herbs is not harvesting enough. Don't be afraid to pick more leaves as this will encourage the plant to focus on growth and green mass.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you what you should definitely do in the garden in December.