Gardening Project: Planting herbs for a window sill garden

Planting mint, sage, parsley and thyme in terracotta pots.
Herb gardening
Planting mint, sage, parsley and thyme in terracotta pots.

While perusing through the aisles at Costco, I come across a large shelving unit stocked with vibrant and irresistible-smelling herbs. Each box comes with 6 herbs. There was parsley, sage, mint, thyme, basil…and basil. The cardboard tray advertised a rosemary plant as well but none of the neatly lined trays had rosemary, instead there was a double dose of basil. Since I have a large rosemary bush in my backyard, I wasn’t too concerned.

I run my index finger across the leaves of the sage plant, bring it to my nose and inhale. I probably don’t need anymore plants this year, but I can not resist; these herbs were following me home. While driving back, inspiration strikes! Why not turn the window that faces our courtyard into a window sill herb garden?

I've placed the herbs in the pot to get an idea of spacing.
I've placed the herbs in the pot to get an idea of spacing.

To start, I bought six 7″ terracotta pots to plant the herbs. Since my window is only 28.5″ wide, I am only able to fit four of these pots along the window sill. The other two will need to be placed somewhere else in my home. Since these will be sitting on a window garden ledge (once I construct it), I also purchased 6″ terracotta plates to fit under the pots.

I also acquired some potting soil (making sure it was for indoor use) and stones for the bottom of the pot. The technique of putting stones at the bottom over the drain hole is something I learned from my mother. She says it helps to ensure proper drainage. Since this is a woman that can even take care of orchids, I do not argue and simply follow this tradition.

Herb Window Sill Garden Pots
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Herb Window Sill Garden Pots soil
Testing out the height of the soil placed at the bottom of pot before I remove the herb from the black plastic container to pot it in the terracotta pot.
Herb Window Sill Garden Pots soil thyme
Centered the thyme in the terracotta pot, checking the level of it before filling the sides with soil.

Herb Window Sill Garden Pots soil thyme potting

Herb Window Sill Garden Pots soil thyme potting plant

Herb Window Sill Garden Pots soil thyme potting plant trowel

It will take me some time to design and construct the window sill garden box. I’ll keep you updated. When I finally build the window sill garden box, there will be plenty of photos and even plans to download!

Right now I need to take off as I have just figured out how I am going to build a couple of trellises in the courtyard so that the star jasmine plants can climb up the wall. I’ll share the photos and plans of the project with you soon.

For now, if you are interested, here are the plans for an urban vegetable planter box. Happy gardening!

Herb Window Sill Garden

Four of the herbs which are for the window sill garden are planted.
Four of the herbs which are for the window sill garden are planted.

Testing out the window sill area for the herbs. Figuring out the best design for the window sill garden construction.
Testing out the window sill area for the herbs. Figuring out the best design for the window sill garden construction.
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  • Herb Growing

    i highly recommend planting herbs. any kinds of herbs will do. for me planting and gardening my herbs relaxes me.

  • Herb Growing

    i highly recommend planting herbs. any kinds of herbs will do. for me planting and gardening my herbs relaxes me.

  • Herb Growing

    i highly recommend planting herbs. any kinds of herbs will do. for me planting and gardening my herbs relaxes me.

  • Happycaliteacher

    Thanks for shring this information! I am about to start a window sill garden myself so this article is very helpful:-)