gallery Windowsill herbs

To add some life to your kitchen windowsill, you will need:

  • Containers. This can be anything from ceramic pots, old or new, troughs, tins, old mugs, empty milk bottles, anything that fits on your windowsill. They will need drainage holes and saucers.
  • Herbs! My personal favourites are oregano, thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary. Basil, dill, coriander will also look great!
  • Potting soil, if you are planting from seed. May not be necessary with small plants unless you plant them in a larger container.

Once you have your herbs, containers and soil it’s fairly simple what to do here. Fill the containers with the soil/seed growing mix and sow the seeds in or place the plants in.


  • Make sure they get plenty of light, preferably a south-facing window.
  • Keep the soil moist, not soggy.
  • Avoid letting the leaves touch cold windows, this will damage the leaves.
  • Fertilise regularly for optimal growth and health. Use the guidelines recommended on your fertiliser. I often find that bi-weekly is sufficient with a half-strength solution.
  • If they are growing a bit wild, cut back the outward growing branches to keep it shrubby.

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