Published on: July 18, 2022
Having a window garden can help you enjoy fresh herbs year-round. Whether you want to make a Caprese salad with basil straight from your garden or add fresh mint to a cocktail, you can do it no matter how urban your home is.
Some homes have very little outdoor space and some areas of the country are not ideal for an outdoor growing season. Regardless of your reason for considering how to build a window garden, we’ll outline in practical tutorial format how to make it happen and explain the top considerations.
You can build a window garden in about 30 minutes once you’ve assembled the necessary materials and tools. The smell of fresh flowers or herbs will begin to fill your home within a few weeks as your garden matures. You’ll have a beautiful area of your home with some practical benefits.
You’ll need to purchase a few items to get ready for building your garden.
As you shop for your garden essentials, consider the aesthetics. Since the pots will be on display within your home, you might want to spend a little extra to match your indoor décor. Or if you want to do this more economically, you could use plastic containers from used food items, such as yogurt cups or cottage cheese containers. Just be sure you cut a hole in the bottom to allow excess water to escape.
To keep your plants healthy, you’ll create a water siphon from the plate to the pot. If you don’t like the look of the string hanging out on your window garden display, you can place the pot entirely over the string and it will still serve its purposes.
Cut 3-foot-long pieces of string for each plant you’ll be potting. Then, soak the string in water.
Place the string around the bottom of the pot and string your leftover side through the bottom. You should have plenty of string within the pot and down on the plate.
Repeat this step for as many pots as you’ll be planting in your window.
Get your potting soil and fill up your pots most of the way. Don’t overfill the pots. You need to leave room to plant your seeds and add the appropriate amount of soil over the top of the seeds. Read your seed packages to see how deep you are supposed to plant the seeds and plan accordingly.
Add water to your soil and mix it up as best you can to ensure you have evenly moist soil.
Make a small depression in the middle of your pot to prepare for your seeds. Having a depression will aid in water collection to retain moisture in the right place. You should use a few seeds from each pack.
Read the directions on the packet to see how many seeds it recommends planting together. And if the packet just says to sow the seeds thinly, put 4-6 seeds in each pot. Generally, small window garden pots should not have more than 10 seeds.
Cover the seeds with the appropriate amount of soil. Again, this depends on what the package says. You’ll likely see a quarter to half an inch below the soil surface, which means you’ll need to cover your seeds with a quarter to half an inch of potting soil.
Water the soil to create a moist environment. You don’t want to overwater to the point where your soil is soggy, but soil that is too dry will also not create a hospitable environment for your plants to grow.
You also want to fill your tray or plate with water. The water level on the tray should be above the bottom of the plants. You can add water to the tray as the plants soak it up. This way, you can water your plants about every week instead of every few days.
Although you’ll be growing indoor plants, they still need sunlight. Make sure to place them as close to a window as possible. Consider what window in your home gets the longest rays. But also consider where the plants will be safe from disruption from other household members, such as children or pets.
Growing an indoor garden should be fairly easy with the right environment. But to ensure you have the greatest chance of success, follow these tips.
Whether you’re planting an indoor garden out of convenience, necessity or just because you like looking at plants throughout the day, you’ll experience many great benefits from your garden.
Research shows that having plants in your home can help make the home more comfortable while also soothing those who live there. You’ll feel at one with nature and studies show that caring for your plants provides a lower stress response, which means a more steady heart rate and blood pressure.
You won’t get the same benefits from artificial plants but having real plants in your home can improve your attention span. This research study found that students that had live plants in their learning environment were more attentive and had better concentration levels than students that did not have real plants.
Studies show that having plants in your work environment boosts productivity. Part of the reason for this is because plants reduce stress levels and if you’re less stressed, you’re in a better frame of mind to work efficiently. And you might experience fewer sick days when you have a plant near your work environment.
Plants remove contaminants from the air. A 1980s NASA study reported on phytoremediation and provided greater context for understanding how the process works. Some plants are more effective at cleaning the air than others so before you plant anything, research the benefits of these air-cleaning varieties.
Window gardens are a great way to support your passion for gardening. For the best results, you’ll want to have energy-efficient windows that block drafts from hitting your plants. Old windows likely won’t create a good environment for your plants to grow.2FL Windows, Siding & Roofing offers professional window replacement and a team of experts who can recommend the best window options based on your needs. We can also provide information on garden window replacement to provide the best possible environment for indoor plants. Schedule your free in-home estimate and consultation.
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