Herb gardens are a beautiful and easy way to add some freshness to any environment. In addition, they can be used in cooking and have many medicinal benefits. Herb gardens are also a great project for beginners because they require little maintenance once established.
Preparing your window box
- Prepare the window box
- Clean the window box and remove any debris or rot from it. You can also add new soil to breathe new life into your old window box if you have one that is no longer in good shape.
- If you are using a metal or plastic container, make sure it’s rust-free by cleaning with a wire brush and then coating with oil or spray-on paint to prevent rusting later on. If you’re using a wooden container, coat it with linseed oil before planting anything so that water doesn’t seep in between cracks and cause mold to grow over time (and so that soil won’t stick).
You should plant your herbs in early spring, late spring and early summer. The best time to plant is in fall, but it’s not recommended because it’s too cold for most herbs.
Soil levels and soil type
Now that you understand the basics of what makes for good soil, let’s talk about how to achieve it.
First, your soil should be moist but not wet. When you’re watering your herbs, aim for a loose consistency and make sure to water them from the bottom so that they don’t stay waterlogged. This can lead to root rot and mold growth in your plants, which will kill them faster than a dry spell would!
Second, while it’s important to keep the soil loose and well drained, keep in mind that it should also be rich in nutrients—both organic matter (like compost) and chemical fertilizers can help give your herbs access to all the vitamins they need; just remember that too much fertilizer can have adverse effects on both humans (rashes) and plants (burning).
Finally: pH balance is essential when growing herbs indoors because most are considered “acid-loving” plants—they thrive at slightly acidic levels (6-7). The easiest way? Use a pH test kit every few weeks during summer months when window boxes tend toward being more alkaline due to heat radiating from pavement below.
Caring for your garden
You’re going to want to water your herbs on a regular basis, however you should always wait until the soil is completely dry. You don’t want to over-water your herbs; instead, wait until they are very thirsty before giving them another drink. In fact, if the plants seem to be wilting in midday heat it means that they need more water than usual.
When it comes time for pruning, always cut back branches all at once rather than gradually over time. This will allow for new growth and keep your plant healthy and strong as well!
Weeding should also be done regularly so that weeds do not take over your herb garden; if left unchecked weeds can severely damage a plant’s health by stealing nutrients from it or leaving very little growing space for other plants nearby (which may lead them into an early death). Weeds also require additional water and nutrients which could otherwise be used by other plants growing nearby – this makes weeds bad neighbors indeed!
If you notice any pests or diseases affecting your herb garden make sure you remove those infected parts immediately so that they don’t spread further throughout the rest of their life cycle: think of it like burning down part of town just because there was one house with bed bugs everywhere inside – better safe than sorry!
- Always water your herbs in the morning. This will give them time to absorb the water and use it throughout the day.
- Water your plants enough so that they are damp all the way through, but not so much that they get soggy.
- When you’re done watering your window box, check for any spots where extra soil has collected around their stems or leaves—these are common places for fungus to grow and cause disease in your plants! If you spot any moldy patches, carefully remove them with a garden tool (such as a spade) before they spread further into your plant’s tissue.
You’ll need to fertilize your window box herb garden regularly. If you’re using a balanced fertilizer, apply it once every two to three weeks during the growing season. Fertilizers formulated specifically for herbs (and/or container plants) are also good options, as they have higher levels of nutrients that will help your herbs grow more quickly than regular fertilizers.
Additionally, choose a fertilizer that’s formulated for window boxes. Since window boxes are so small, you don’t want to waste any space by applying too much fertilizer—you want all of it to go directly into the soil where it can do its job!
Having an herb garden will make it easy to add fresh herbs to your cooking, and they can beautify your windowsill.
They are easy to grow.
Herbs are often used in cooking, but they can also be used for medicinal purposes and cleaning. If you want to use herbs for beauty purposes, some of them can also be used as landscaping plants.
We hope this blog has helped you learn how to start an herb garden in a window box. If you follow our tips, you’ll be well on your way to growing your own fresh basil and oregano in no time. So get ready to enjoy the beauty and flavor of fresh herbs—all without leaving home!