During the Christmas break, my neighbour appeared at my backdoor with three bundles of vegetable seedlings she was growing on her windowsill. They had only starting peeping their tiny green heads through the soil and still needed some tender nurturing to see them through the growing phase.
So, I volunteered to find a space on my windowsill, where they could rest during their holiday and to water and watch them grow. This stint at plant sitting got me inspired to try growing a windowsill vegetable garden of my own.
Here are some quick and easy tips I found to help to create a thriving vegetable garden to harvest your own fresh produce.
Step 1. Find Containers The first thing you will need are plant containers. Don't go racing out the door to Bunnings just yet. Many containers are likely to already be in your pantry cupboard. You just need to be a little bit creative. Look for take away containers, yoghurt containers, or fruit and vegetable tins as all of these are perfect for getting the seedlings started. Give them a good clean and you are ready to get planting.
Fill the container three quarters full with potting mix or other soil.
- Cut a capsicum and collect and separate the seeds from the centre of the fruit.
- Place the seeds over the bed of soil.
- Cover the tomatoes with additional soil to just below the surface of the container.
- Water lightly (every 1-2 days) with a spray bottle.
- Keep on a window sill so they enjoy some morning sunshine.
You can also use this seed collection method for cucumber and zucchini.
I used some plastic cutlery and a black tip pen to write the names of the plants in the containers to remember what was planted where.
As the plants get bigger, you may need to transplant them into larger containers or into your garden. Remember to spread the now developed plants an adequate distance from each other to allow room for additional growth.
Step 3 Harvesting
This is the fun part. Before too long, flowers and fruit will appear. Success! Pick the vegetables when they are ripe and add them to your next lunchtime salad or mid week dinner.
And there you have it. Low fuss, low maintenance, maximum fun.
So what are you waiting for. Create your own easy window-sill garden and see how much satisfaction you can get from saying, "I grew them myself."