Greenery on the windowsill
In the spring, the body is sorely lacking in vitamins, so many grow onions on the windowsill. Green feathers with a bright spicy taste can be added to the salad and sprinkled with soup. Growing an onion is easy — you plant an onion in a bowl with earth or in a jar of water, and that’s it — the result is guaranteed. But on a bright windowsill in the spring, you can grow other useful herbs. Greenery in the house is beautiful, useful, convenient, you don’t have to go far to improve the taste of cooked dishes. Some spicy herbs also treat with their aroma, but first things first.
How to grow greens on the windowsill and what types are suitable for this
To begin with, let’s figure out what kind of greens can be sown in the apartment. It all depends on your taste and preferences, but usually lovers plant onions, dill, coriander, annual parsley, marjoram, basil, celery, mint, spinach, mustard, watercress and other types of leafy lettuce, chervil, stevia, thyme, tarragon, sorrel or garlic. You can grow greens on the windowsill all year round, but in winter, some crops need additional lighting.
Recently, the number of lovers of microgreens has grown, so broccoli, mustard, radishes, arugula, alfalfa, beets and other vitamin crops are grown in the room. In just two weeks, microgreen sprouts rich in vitamins and minerals can be obtained from seeds.
For growing herbs, you can use plastic and ceramic pots, bowls, boxes — the use of a particular container depends on the free area on the windowsill.
Important! Drainage holes must be made in the bottom of containers for growing spicy greens to drain water.
You can buy potting soil at a garden center or make your own, but the main rule is that the soil should not be dense. To loosen the soil, cleanly washed coarse sand, perlite or vermiculite can be used. The approximate general composition of the soil for growing spicy greens on the windowsill:
leaf ground — 2 hours;
sod land — 2 hours;
peat — 1 hour;
humus — 2 hours;
sand (vermiculite, perlite) — 1 tsp.
For a certain type of spicy grass, the requirements for the composition of the soil can differ significantly; this aspect must be taken into account when planting greenery and filling containers with prepared soil for growing different crops.
Name of culture
The plant develops well on fertile loams, responds to the application of mineral fertilizers.
An unpretentious plant, undemanding to the composition of the soil, but develops better in light soil. Does not tolerate overflow and stagnant water at the roots
pH 5.5 to 7.5
The plant develops worse on overfertilized soils, the best option is loam enriched with peat and diluted with sand
pH 6 to 7
Loose fertile soil with the addition of ash and organic matter is suitable for this grass.
pH 5.0 to 7.0
The plant prefers loose fertile soil with the addition of lime.
Fertile loose earth, a mixture of humus, black soil and sand
Soil with neutral acidity
Loose soil enriched with humus
The perennial prefers alkaline soils with good drainage capacity. Lavender tolerates sandy soils well.
pH 6.7 to 7.3
Each type of green is grown according to certain rules, but there are a few general requirements.
- Lighting — seed germination can be carried out in greenhouse conditions (a container with a transparent lid or covered with glass) in diffused light. After the appearance of the first sprouts, containers with seedlings are exposed to bright light, but are not placed on southern windowsills with an excess of ultraviolet radiation.
- Temperature — the germination of seeds of most herbs is carried out at temperatures above +20 C.
- Airing — seedlings of herbs are aired daily for several minutes. It is recommended to protect young plants from directed drafts.
- Hardening — after the seedlings form 2-3 true leaves, it is recommended to harden off young plants, gradually accustoming the seedlings to natural temperature.
- Watering — fragrant herbs are watered very carefully, seedlings should not be allowed to overflow, otherwise the plants may be affected by fungal diseases.
We grow greens on the windowsill: practical tips
To prepare slightly acidic or acidic soil, peat, rotted coniferous needles or litter from under coniferous trees are added to the universal soil.
Alkaline soil can be obtained by enriching the soil with chalk, dolomite flour or lime.
To relieve stress in transplanted plants, as well as when transplanting and dividing bushes, for better survival of delenok, you can use Epin’s solution for watering under the root (1 drop per liter of water or 1 ampoule per 5 liters of water).
After pruning mature shoots, you can easily and quickly get new plants — savory, thyme, lavender are propagated by green cuttings, planting them immediately in the soil. Rooting is carried out in greenhouse conditions.
Spicy plants — interior decoration
Well-grown bushes of mint, lavender, rosemary can be used not only in cooking. Pots with these plants will become indispensable attributes in the interior of rooms designed in the style of Provence or Country. Especially effective in pots are rosemary and lavender — these plants can be used to treat migraines, calm nerves and relax. Just run your hand over the leaves, inhale the pleasant spicy aroma and rest for a few minutes near these plants.