I’ve been planning a windowsill garden for a while now but after finally voicing it to Martin and sourcing the few parts needed, we got the ball rolling.
I’ve seen on Pinterest and various permaculture sites and videos the use of polypipe with holes cut to rest pots into. I figure that these would work wonderfully inside as long as the pipe was sealed off watertight at the end, easily done with some plumbers glue. Martin sawed the pipe to length and with the help of Jasper, glued on the ends but in the chaos of keeping the glue safe the ends stuck fast… 5mm too far out! It doesn’t fit. 😦
I figured it was worthwhile going ahead with the rest of the project none the less and bought the necessary pots. I know, but I didn’t have any large/small enough. All the recycled pots I have are either too big or too small to work so needs must. I also bought some seeds and potting mix and then, with the kids this morning we filled the pots, used some sowing labels I had and we planted out 9 pots with herbs and the like.
We’ve got 2 pots of sweet basil, 2 of parsley (continental or broad leaf and curly leaf), 2 pots of chives plus 2 little animal pots each with a few chive seeds planted to grow chive hair, 1 pot of coriander, 1 of Heartsease or Johnny Jump Ups, the flowers of which can be used in salads and 1 pot with 3 sweet pea in there. I have no idea how the sweet pea will go in a pot or inside but I love the idea of them vining up across my kitchen window and throwing their delicious perfume around the room. 🙂
I also planted some calendula in a strawberry container to show the kids how it will work as a mini greenhouse. They’re destined to be squeezed in somehow in the solanaceae bed (tomatoes, capsicums, chillies, eggplants) which also has some parsley, chives and a few extra celery planted in there. 🙂
The pots all currently sit in those small take away dishes from the supermarket deli in which I’ve poured water as well as spraying the tops lightly. We’ve been eagerly watching for then enjoying germination. 😀
Sorry for the crappy photos but I wanted to share what we had been up to.