What could be more delectable than fresh herbs straight from your window box?! Herbs are super easy to grow and add a delicious touch of flavor to any dish. Below we will discuss the best to grow in your window box herb garden and provide you with some tips on how to care for them.
Define a herb?
Herbs are aromatic plants used for flavoring, food, medicine and/or perfume. You can grow a variety of herbs in window boxes each with their own unique flavour.
What herbs can you grow in your herb window box and what are they best used for?
There are many different herbs that you can grow in your window box but some of the most popular ones include: basil, chives, coriander, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, tarragon, marjoram, and dill.
Below is a little taster of some of the most widely used herbs. These culinary herbs are all great for cooking and can add a lot of flavour to your meals.
Basil is a particularly versatile herb that can be used in a variety of dishes.
Chives have a mild onion flavor and are great for adding to salads or as a garnish.
Coriander has a fresh taste and is often used in Mexican and Asian cuisine.
Mint is refreshing and can be used in tea or as a garnish for desserts.
Oregano has a strong flavour and is often used in Italian dishes.
Parsley is a mild herb that can be used to add colour and flavour to salads or as a garnish.
Rosemary has a strong, piney flavour and is often used in roast chicken or lamb dishes.
Sage has a slightly bitter taste and pairs well with fatty meats like pork or duck.
Thyme has a delicate flavor and is often used in soup or stew recipes.
Tarragon is an intense flavour of sweet aniseed and vanilla and is used in salad dressings and sauces.
Marjoram is flavoured with sweet pine and citrus and goes well in marinades.
Dill has a licorice taste and is often added into seafood dishes, breads, soups and sauces as well as a garnish.
If you’re not sure which to grow in your window box herb garden, try growing some of the most popular ones listed above. You can also experiment with different herbs to see which ones you like best.
What are the benefits of growing herbs in a window box?
One of the great things about herbs is that they are relatively easy to grow, and don’t require a lot of space. This makes them perfect for growing in a window box.
There are many benefits to growing herbs in a window box. One benefit is that you can control the environment more easily than if you were growing them in a garden bed. For example, you can make sure the soil stays moist by watering it more frequently.
Another benefit of herbs being grown in a window box is that you can enjoy fresh herbs all year round. Even if it’s cold and snowy outside, you can still have fresh basil or oregano to add to your cooking.
These herbs all have relatively small root systems, so they don’t need a lot of space to grow. They also don’t require a lot of care, so you can just set them and semi forget them.
If you’re looking for a fun and easy gardening project, try growing some herbs in a window box herb garden. You’ll enjoy the benefits of fresh herbs all year round. Plus, it’s a great way to get started with gardening if you’re new to it.
What helpful tips will have you well on your way to having a thriving herb garden window box?
When it comes to growing herbs in window boxes, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, make sure that your window box has good drainage holes. Second, use a good quality potting mix specifically designed for herbs. Thirdly, provide your herbs with plenty of sunlight – a south-facing window is ideal. Once you have thought about where to plant your herbs, the next step is to figure out how to water them. The best way to water your herbs is to use a watering can with a long spout. This will help ensure that the water goes directly to the roots of the plants and doesn’t splash all over the leaves. Watering your herbs once a week should be sufficient, but make sure to check the soil before each watering to see if it needs more or less water.
Basil is one of the most popular herbs to grow in window boxes. It does well in full sun and prefers moist soil. Be sure to pinch back the basil regularly to encourage new growth.
Chives are another great option for a windowsill herb garden. They prefer full sun but will also do well in partial shade. Chives like well-drained soil and should be watered regularly.
Oregano is a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of dishes. It does best in full sun but can also tolerate partial shade. Oregano likes well-drained soil and should be watered regularly.
Parsley is a bright, flavourful herb that does well in full sun or partial shade. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and should be watered regularly.
Thyme is a fragrant herb that does best in full sun. It prefers well-drained soil and should be watered regularly.
Summary of our tips:
– Start with good quality soil that is well draining.
– Place your window box in a sunny spot. Most herbs like at least six hours of sunlight a day.
– Water regularly, especially during hot weather. But be careful not to over water as this can drown the roots and lead to fungal diseases.
– Use organic fertiliser every few weeks to give your plants a nutrient boost.
– When harvesting your herbs, cut them back by about one third to encourage new growth.
So there you have it! A list of some common and not so common herbs that you can grow in window boxes, along with some tips for success. Now you have some ideas get out there and get herby!
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