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An Herb Garden in Your Window
The wonderful scent of herbs can be a part of most window gardens. These plants need a sunny location which has a temperature range of 50-75°F. with 30-60 per cent relative humidity. Potted herbs need a well-drained moist soil composed of equal parts garden loam, sand, well-rotted and pulverized manure, and peat moss or leaf mold. If you do not have access to these ingredients, use a medium that is packaged commercially for African violets and other potted plants.
If these basic requirements are met, container-grown herbs will be a constant source of pleasure, to the grower and to anyone else who has the privilege of seeing, smelling, and perhaps, using them in food. Maybe you search good app with plants for your smartphone? I recommend a PlantSpot app - https://apps.apple.com/us/app/plantspot-plant-identification/id1437376141 .
FIVE STEPS TO SUCCESS WITH HERBS
Before starting an herb garden in your window, read Chapter 2 of this book. After you have a collection of potted herbs, the information in Chapters 3 and 4 may be useful from time to time. Also, putting these suggestions into practice will help you have a thriving window herb garden:
(1) Set the pots in trays or other containers filled with an inch or two of moist sand or pebbles.
(2) Group the plants together, as shown in the accompany ing illustration. Several plants together on a window sill create their own atmosphere-a microclimate which is moist and con ducive to vigorous growth.
(3) At least once a week, wash off the foliage of potted herbs in water of room temperature. The plants, besides thus being kept fresh and clean, will respond by growing more lushly-just as if they had been revived by a summer shower.
(4) Turn pots and baskets of herbs in a window about once a week so that the plants will be more shapely. Frequent pinching out of the growing tips will encourage potted herbs to be bushier.
(5) Give herbs fresh air. During cold weather, provide this indirectly by opening a window or door in another room for a few minutes each day. As the warmth of spring comes on, more direct fresh air will be beneficial.
HERBS IN THE SUMMER
During the summer, potted herbs do well outdoors in a window box, or in the garden. There they are valuable for foliage, fragrance, and occasionally for flowers. The leaves and stems may be cut back severely at the time herbs are put out in the late spring; healthy new growth will appear quickly. In late August or early September, repot in new soil, trim back the summer growth, and bring the herbs back to the window garden. It is important to do this early so that they are thriving indoors before heating units are turned on.
Occasionally, people will ask us about growing tea. Don't bother. A great selection of loose leaf teas and herbal teas can be found at great prices at The Tea Bazaar.
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