The pleasure of harvesting one’s own aromatic herbs and small vegetables is accessible to all. Just a window sill is enough to grow a mini vegetable garden in town. Some pots, a planter, a choice of adapted varieties and voila!
Create a mini vegetable garden on a window sill
It’s easy and easy for everyone to create a mini vegetable garden that can sit on a window sill. Here are the 6 simple steps to follow to succeed:
1 – Choose the containers for his mini vegetable garden
A series of identical pots offers the advantage of being able to cultivate and renew individually each species of its mini vegetable garden. This solution can also be very decorative by playing on the effect of repetition.
The choice of a planter allows to offer a larger volume of land which has the advantage of reducing the frequency of watering.
Tip : In any case, whether pots or planters, the water reserve option is interesting. Indeed, it facilitates maintenance and avoids any risk of accidental overflows. In addition, there are models specially designed for this type of culture!
2 – Ensure effective drainage
Once the containers are chosen, it is a question of setting up a drainage layer at the bottom of the pots or the planter. Clay balls are a good option because they allow effective drainage. In addition, it is not penalizing in terms of weight!
Tip : These beads can also be used as decorative mulch on the surface of the earth to limit evaporation.
3 – Provide a good breeding ground
The choice of potting soil is essential for the success of a mini vegetable garden. Thus, favoring a professional quality substrate makes it possible to offer optimal growing conditions to your above ground vegetable garden .
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Tip : Choose an aerated, enriched soil with good water retention. This makes it possible to improve for sure the quality of your production.
4 – Plant or sow adapted species
Do not dream, not all aromatic or vegetable plants are suitable for growing in small containers. Forget about high-growth species and varieties (like zucchini for example!) In your mini vegetable garden.
In the family of aromatic plants , choose basil , thyme , oregano , sage or tarragon if your window is exposed to the sun. In case of shade, prefer parsley , chives or mint (which will grow well in the sun!). Learn more about herbs, queens of the urban vegetable garden .
Among vegetable plants , some root vegetables are suitable for this type of crop provided you choose short varieties ( radishes , carrots ). You can also try cherry tomatoes (with sun) or salads .
Tip : The use of seeds pre-sown in circles or ribbons makes sowing successful for sure. Simple and efficient !
5 – Support the growth of his mini kitchen garden
To improve the quality and the quantity of your crops, it is not useless to make a regular contribution of fertilizer. Prefer organic fertilizers that provide all the necessary nutrients. In addition, they are more respectful of the environment.
6 – Harvest regularly
The best way to encourage the production of its vegetable garden is to regularly pick the aromatic herbs and harvest the vegetables to cook delicious dishes. In fact, by pruning or picking, you favor the formation of new shoots and new flowers.
Tip : it is also an excellent technique of maintenance which allows you to monitor the good evolution of your plantations and to savor the success!
And here are 6 simple steps how to enjoy a mini vegetable garden in town with only a window sill. In addition, nothing prevents to sow a few seeds of annual flowers in your mini vegetable garden for the touch of color. No reason, therefore, to deprive oneself for a long time of this pleasure which requires little investment. Have you already taken the plunge? Share your experience in the Commentary space reserved for you or on the My Little Jardin Facebook page or Google+ page !