My Windowsill Garden

by laura.johnson

This is the time of year when all my home-owning friends are plotting their gardens, researching soil constitution, and checking out all the latest gardening books from the library. All this excitement and planning makes me want to join in the fun, after all, who wouldn’t want fresh tomatoes, zucchini, green beans?

But the reality is, I live in a small apartment on the 5th floor. While the options for citified gardening are definitely taking root, (gotta love puns) with nearby community gardens and the possibility even of a tenant garden in our courtyard, I know the likelihood of me trekking the 102 stairs to water, weed, and harvest my well plotted produce was slim to nil.

So I’ve turned to container gardening and used my small windowsills as my own little plot of land. I’m constantly adding and changing what plants we have, but in the last year and a half we’ve had everything a good kitchen garden needs: chives, thyme, mint, rosemary, and of course, my favorite basil.  I just love being able to clip chives for our morning eggs and of course fresh basil  makes anything taste better!

Now a recent visit to a garden guru friend has me contemplating air plants, mother in-law’s tongue, and even some sweet-smelling indoor plants. Hummm I might need to take a trip to Lowe’s this weekend for  a brainstorming session.

What plants are you growing, or maybe just dreaming about so far?

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  1. Yum yum yum. I love being able to grab a few leaves and put them directly in food. It feels pretty good to eat some thing you grew (or your wife grew).

    I wish we could grow lemon grass and lavender that would be great.

  2. I’ve been able to have an outdoor garden in our backyard since 2008, and I’m still tweaking what I plant so that Gerard will actually eat what we grow. But I LOVE growing pumpkins because it saves on decor for fall! I think this year, I’ll go for the mini pumpkins instead of the big ones-better for a table top centerpiece. :)

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