Window Box Herb Gardening (Google / Chef Paz)

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Window Box Herb Gardening

While Paz has been recovering from surgery, she’s been dreaming about a garden in her window.  In the city, it’s a challenge to maintain any type of garden. The wind, heat, car exhaust, and even the noise test the resilience of the most hardy plants – and often test the patience of the gardener, too. But if your apartment has a sunny window sill, you can grow some of the same herbs I plant in my garden, indoors in pots, or outside in a window box.

There are a few secrets to successful window sill gardening. Most important, choose herbs that don’t grow too wide or tall. Don’t overwater if your herbs are growing indoors; on the other hand, herbs growing in a box outside your window need frequent water, to compensate for evaporation from the wind. Most herbs benefit from frequent snipping, but never cut more than one-third of the foliage at a time.

Chives, basil, parsley, rosemary and thyme are good choices. They’re easy to grow, and a small amount added to a recipe will have a big flavor impact. Paz can grow her favorite cilantro, too. Don’t forget about mint; invasive by nature, mint can only invade as far as the confines of your window box or flower pot, and no farther. You can try interesting varieties, like chocolate or pineapple mint. Nasturtiums, which you can start from seed, add color to your window garden, and to your salads.

In my herb garden, flat-leaf parsley is definitely the star of the show this year. I started with nine plants, purchased from our local organic gardening center, and set in the ground in late May. After a slow first month, the parsley really took off. Now I’m harvesting every day, trying to keep up with the late-season growth spurt.


Herbs: Indoor Container Gardening (Google Alert / YGOY)

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How to do Indoor Container Gardening for Herbs?

You can do container gardening for herbs or medicinal plants all the year through. It is as simple as growing herbs in the garden. It is necessary to maintain same conditions for both outdoor and indoor herb gardening. Here are some tips that will make your indoor container herb gardening more easier: Continue reading Herbs: Indoor Container Gardening (Google Alert / YGOY)

Herb Gardening Indoors and Out (Google Alert / HerBulletin)

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Herb Gardening Indoors and Out

With winter coming, it is hard to think that I can no longer garden. Here is a beautifully-written article about herb gardening, including indoor methods. I enjoyed it, and think that you will to.

For many people their garden is a very spiritual place. Particularly if it links to another area of their life – a passion for creating beautiful food for example – the garden truly reflect one’s make up. As A. Austin put it ‘Show me your garden and I will tell you what you are‘. If you choose to plant and maintain a herb garden it also has many practical uses from seasonings through to cleaning products and home decorations. Continue reading Herb Gardening Indoors and Out (Google Alert / HerBulletin)

Simon NEWMAN : info on container gardening

Today, I was reading Simon NEWMAN’s message on container gardening. It contains a lot of interesting information :

“This is the first real email I am sending out to you all so please
excuse any errors I may make. Like everyone on this planet, I’m not perfect! :). So to kick this email off I would like to point you to some of the top blog posts I have written over the past few days. I have posted some good posts over the last week or so. Hopefully now I have a little more time I will be able to update the blog more often.

Here are some of the best blog posts

Choosing the Right Container for your Garden

This is really important if you want to make your container garden look good. Remember, be creative!

Growing herbs in containers is great fun and herbs can be used in so many different dishes. …………


After spending weeks writing my first eBook it is almost completed. My digitally delivered book, called ‘How to Create the Perfect Container Garden’ is soon to be launched. I am currently doing the finishing touches and will want some feedback once done, so I will be offering a very good introductory price to my newsletter subscribers. Stay tuned for that.

That’s all I have for today, speak soon!

Simon Newman
My Container Gardening Blog

My Container Gardening eBook

50 Glover Street, Perth, Perthshire PH2 0JR, UNITED KINGDOM

Grow your own herbs on a plastic bottle (Willem)

In one of my former postings, I showed tasty mint growing in a plastic bottle. Here is another example of fantastic possibilities to grow herbs on your windowsill or a table outside (wherever):

Lemon time on a bottle Lemon thyme

Lemon thyme doing well in a plastic bottle. (Click on the photos to enlarge them).

Gardening with kids : Hands-on Kits

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“Visit our online Gardening With Kids Store for an extensive selection of innovative and exclusive items that support gardening with kids. You’ll find tools for classroom projects and family gardens, and great gifts for gardeners of all ages. Educators tell us that outdoor classrooms are a priority. With a few permanent structures, your school can create a multi-functional outdoor garden site, where interdisciplinary learning thrives. Our online store specializes in structures, tools, accessories, and more to help you develop and expand your outdoor classroom or habitat.”

A few examples : Continue reading Gardening with kids : Hands-on Kits

A special container form : the grow tower (Willem)

Years ago, I visited a colleague in Beijing (Prof. Dr. WANG Tao), who showed me a peculiar way of growing garlic plants on vertical “poles”. In fact, the poles were PVC pipes, about 10-12 cm (4-5 inches) in diameter, in which a series of 4-5 cm (1 ½ to 2 inches) holes were drilled. The holes were spaced randomly around the pipe, about 4-5 cm (1 ½ to 2 inches) apart.

An impressive series of pipes were standing as “grow towers” in a greenhouse, so that in a relatively small space a maximum of plants were kept growing from floor to ceiling. Each pipe was filled with potting soil and the pipes were watered with a sort of drip irrigation system. In every hole of each grow tower a garlic bulb was growing splendidly (flowering towers !).

This brought me to the idea that a smaller number of plants could also be grown on PET bottles. It suffices to cut a number of holes in the wall of the bottle, filled with potting soil, to create a small grow tower (see my first experimental designs) :

Vertical grow tower

Bottle with 3 holes at one side. The same number can be cut at the opposite side. (Click on the picture to enlarge it).

Bottle grow tower

Mini grow tower : holes cut in the bottle wall fashioned with scotch tape.


I intend to set up some experiments with similar grow towers next week and I will post the results as soon as possible.


Today, I was reading an interesting description of other types of grow tower, made in wood. Here is the text that I found in The Tucson Gardener (2004) :

The Homemade Strawberry Tower
ou would think by now that I’d be out of new strawberry plants but I wasn’t. I still had about 50 young, healthy plants that needed to find a place in the garden or were destined for the compost bin. I happened to read where someone suggested drilling holes in a whiskey barrel filling the barrel with potting soil and the holes with strawberry plants. That’s when I decided I’d build a grow tower from inexpensive wood just to see what would happen.

Using cedar fence boards and lots of screws I made a four foot tall by about 15 – inch square container. Then I drilled a bunch of evenly spaced inch and a half diameter holes.

I then treated the outside of the wood with a water sealer and moved the whole thing to a place in the vegetable garden where I placed it on four concrete stepping stones to keep it from sitting on the ground. I ran a loop of soaker hose down to the bottom of the four foot tower and hooked it up to the watering system.

Then came the hard part – planting the strawberry plants. I filled the container with a good potting mix and some slow release fertilizer putting plants in the holes as I filled the tower. At the top I added a few more plants. Eventually I had to replace three plants that didn’t make it because I may have planted them too deeply covering the crown.

I had plans to make a removable cage that I could slip over the tower with the beginning of fruit production to fend of birds and rodents but production wasn’t so great that I needed to build the cage. I did construct a simple frame to support shade cloth to help the plants make it through the hot summer.

I must admit I like the looks of my tower but it hasn’t been a big strawberry producer. My biggest fear is it may fall apart sooner than I’d like. I’m hoping it will last for three years. The verdict isn’t yet in. Until then the strawberry tower makes and interesting addition to the vegetable garden.(2004)”


Looking at all these possibilities to construct “grow towers” from pipes, bottles, barrels, wood etc., I am wondering if some of you would come up with more interesting ideas. I am looking forward to your descriptions and preferably with photos.

What a wonderful world, this container gardening, in particular for people living in the drylands, who can grow vegetables and fruits without needing to install gardens in desertlike soils, saving a lot of water and getting fresh food with minimal efforts !


The herb garden (BBC)

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The herb garden
It’s almost impossible to grow a bed or pot of herbs that doesn’t look fantastic. They are also very easy to grow. Like ornamental plants, there are annuals such as basil, coriander, and marjoram; perennials such as mint, fennel and thyme; woody perennials such as rosemary, lavender and sage; or even bulbs such as chives. You can grow herbs in a formal herb garden, scattered among ornamental plants in a bed or border; or as pot plants on the patio. Keep a few near the back door, they smell great on a hot summer’s day and they’ll be within easy picking reach. They also make great hanging basket plants. Continue reading The herb garden (BBC)

Container, water, herb and grow-bag gardens (Google Alert / Indystar)

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July 21, 2007

Free your inner gardener almost anywhere


Herbs, vegetables and blooming plants can be grown in small spaces; author tells how it’s done.


Associated Press


Years of wearing out the asphalt, plodding between a fluorescent-lit office and a Formica-laden apartment, can make city dwellers feel more than a little removed from nature.

If your last dirt-beneath-the-fingers experience was being splashed by a bus driving too close to the sidewalk, it might be time to remember the therapeutic properties of gardening.

But for urban residents who fear that their minuscule or nonexistent yards rule out gardening, be encouraged: Big ideas can sprout in small spaces. Here are a few suggestions. Continue reading Container, water, herb and grow-bag gardens (Google Alert / Indystar)

Herb Gardening for Beginners (Google Alert / New Homemaker)

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The New Homemaker

Herb Gardening for Beginners

The easiest way to start gardening
by Lynn Siprelle

Just outside my back door is a patch filled with happy buzzing bees. When I need a little rosemary for my chicken, or thyme for my fish, or lavender for a bouquet, I just pop out the door and cut a handful. You’re thinking, wow, I’d like to do that too, but I don’t know anything about growing herbs. Good news! You don’t need to! Herb gardening is about the simplest form of gardening there is. An herb garden can be planted just about anywhere that you have space–a strip of dirt beside the front walk would even work. And if you have no outdoor space, herbs can be grown in large containers on a sunny porch or balcony. Most herbs do not like rich soil, the exception being basil. Don’t go to any serious trouble adding manure or fertilizer; just make sure your future herb garden has been turned over and well-weeded. Continue reading Herb Gardening for Beginners (Google Alert / New Homemaker)