You may not have figured this out, largely because I do everything I can to avoid nature in almost all its forms, but…
I REALLY like to garden.
^^What gardening looks like in my mind. In real life… not so much. 😛
Sure, I’m not very good at it yet, but I really enjoy it. I had a respectable square foot garden at our last house, but our new home is a 3rd floor apartment. With no balcony. And rules prohibiting window boxes of any kind. So, this is the space I have to work with:
Note: Please try not to judge the current occupants. Apparently they really do not like it if you leave for a month without getting them a babysitter.
Needless to say, when I decided I wanted to garden again [last week], I was a little discouraged. The sill itself is barely 3″ deep, and my budget and newly-discovered design sense [not to mention an impending new baby] rules out anything in the elaborate indoor trellis/shelving department. With all these limitations, I was quickly feeling that my indoor garden endeavor was over before it had even started. But, not being overly burdened with a sense of when to give up, I kept at it.
Come to find out, windowsills lend themselves to a variety of herbs and EVEN some small lettuces and veggies! Hoozah! A proper veggie garden it may not be, but it WILL be a series of living, air-purifying, money-saving, ego-boosting, nutrition-providing plants.
This blog post by Blake Royer really inspired me – check out all the green he’s growing! And he’s in a proper city apartment in Chicago. My windowsill garden hero.
So, after much researching and crossing-off of items on a list [one of my favorite pastimes!], these are the current contenders:
- garlic chives
- green onions
- flat-leaf parsley
- scented geranium
- baby kale
- baby spinach
Do I have room for all of these? No. BUT it was really nice to discover that I have so many options! Some are even non-herb options! Double hoozah!
Have any of you ever grown anything in teacups or on a windowsill before? What worked well for you? What, uh, didn’t? Dying to hear stories – the more amusing, the better!