If you don’t have an allotment, or you can’t get to the plot as much as you’d like consider cultivating a bit of nature indoors. Fortunately, you don’t need a sprawling garden or a massive vegetable plot to enjoy the benefits of growing plants and veg. A window sill can serve as the perfect micro-garden, bringing a touch of greenery and freshness to your living space. Here are five plants that thrive on a window sill in the UK, adding a little vibrancy to your home!
- Basil: The Aromatic Herb
I adore basil (our dog’s called Basil, too); it’s a versatile and aromatic herb that not only enhances your culinary endeavours (I’m thinking tomato soup and almost all pasta dishes that I cook), but also adds a refreshing scent to your home. Placing a small pot of basil on your window sill ensures it receives plenty of sunlight. Be sure to water it regularly, and you’ll have a steady supply of this fragrant herb for your kitchen. Most places that stock seeds will have a pack of basil that you can scatter in a pot of compost.
- Aloe Vera: The Healing Succulent
Aloe vera is a hardy succulent known for its healing properties and striking appearance. It thrives in well-draining soil and requires minimal maintenance. A sunny window sill is ideal for your aloe vera plant, as it loves the bright, indirect light. It adds a touch of green to your space, and its gel-filled leaves can also be used to soothe sunburns and skin irritations. It’s a bit of a joke in our house that the aloe vera plants do so well that we don’t know what to do with them all!
- Spider Plant: The Air-Purifying Marvel
Spider plants are renowned for their air-purifying abilities, making them an excellent choice for indoor spaces. These hardy plants are adaptable and can thrive in various conditions. Place a spider plant on your window sill, which will happily produce offshoots, known as “spiderettes,” creating a cascade of lush green foliage. Regular watering and indirect sunlight will keep your plant happy.
- Chives: The Flavourful Allium
Chives, with their mild onion flavour, are a fab’ addition to your window sill garden. These herbaceous plants are easy to grow and require minimal space. Plant chive seeds in a small pot, place them on a sunny windowsill and watch them flourish. Regular trimming encourages continuous growth, ensuring you have a fresh supply of chives for garnishing salads, soups, and various dishes. If you have chives at your allotment, they are very easy to split and pop a few in a pot for the kitchen.
- Pothos/Devils Ivy: The Low-Maintenance Trailer
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance trailing plant, pothos is an excellent choice. Its heart-shaped leaves add a touch of elegance to any space. Pothos is adaptable to various light conditions but thrives in indirect sunlight. Water it sparingly, and let the soil dry out between waterings. The trailing vines make pothos perfect for hanging pots or letting it cascade from your window sill for that boho look.
Transforming your window sill into a mini-garden is a rewarding and accessible way to bring nature into your home all year round. Does anyone else name their plants?