Grow An Indoor Windowsill Herb Garden This Autumn

The light levels are truly down, and any talk of an Indian Summer -- why this is a British past time we do not know, it is either a sign of optimism or colonialism -- has truly flown the nest. However, you can try to grow and indoor windowsill herb garden this autumn. Just over 16 days ago we started our trial using Dalefoot Composts and our 69p coriander seed from a supermarket. We wanted to look at how herb growers can cut costs, which basically means we want to cut costs on our cut herbs. Cut herbs are any herbs for us that are annual and have to be sown in succession -- this simply means we sow them every two weeks over the summer to get a continuous crop; this tends to mean herbs like dill, coriander and basil have a high turnover. This turnover can often come at a cost as someone coriander packets can cost in excess of £2.00 ($2.64 or €2.24), and if you get through five packets a seed over summer it mounts up over all those herbs.

Growing indoor herb gardens

In our last post on our coriander trial, we showed that the herb had germinated but as we come to starting harvesting the temperature outside is plummeting. We have opted, even with the coriander being on a windowsill to cover the herbs at night with a plastic bottle cloche (basically take a large pop bottle and cut the bottom off, bingo! Plastic bottle cloche). Plants hate massive leap in temperature, as we all do, so give them a woolly jumper at night in the shape of that bottle cloche. You can see above that we are starting to get coriander leaves -- which are actually called cilantro -- and in another week we will harvest the lot. This is a great way to keep growing over autumn but if you have limited space, just shows you what can be done with a windowsill.

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