Lately, I can't walk past my windowsill without stopping to inspect and adore my new indoor garden. It's still a bit young, but it's commanding a lot of my attention, and every morning, I stumble straight to my little windowsill garden. It becomes a game of memory, where I pick out what has changed since the previous evening. Are there new seedings sprouting? Did any of the plants grow a new leaf? Is the soil looking dry?
This post is a bit different from my other ones since there's no recipe, but since this blog is an open view of my worktop, these kitchen plants are definitely part of it! Since there are quite a few plants and herbs on the windowsill, I'll have to do this post in installments. Here are the first few introductions.
Basil seeds were the first I attempted. The seeds came in one of those little kits, probably meant for kids. The container had some soil and a pack of basil seeds. I only had to open the pack of seeds, sprinkle them in the container, water it, and let it sit on the windowsill. It was so easy to do, and one day, the seedlings actually started breaking through the soil! These are about 3 months old now, and I get to harvest a few leaves here and there now when I prune them.
Serrano Chili Peppers
These three pots are my little serrano chili pepper plants. These seeds actually came from a Mexican restaurant in London, Wahaca, where instead of actual matches, there are chili seeds attached to the end of the matchsticks! I stuck the matchsticks into the soil, and here they are, 6 weeks later. I'm just waiting for them to grow and flower now - fingers crossed.
Every gardening site says that tomatoes are easy to grow indoors, so of course, I had to give it a try. These seedlings are F1 Golden Pearl Tomatoes and F1 Sweet 'n Neat Tomatoes. Both are yellow variety, and according to the packets, should work for indoor container growth. So far, 64seedlings have sprouted, and 2 are just peaking out. They are in these individual propagator pods - the compost came in a small flat disk, and when I added water, the disks expanded into little pods, perfect for one seed. Easy, clean and quite brilliant for windowsill seedlings.
Am I allowed to have favorites? This would be it! This bonsai tree LOVES the sun and water. It's got my California personality- sitting in the sunshine all day, and drinking in lots of cool water. Before this dear bonsai, I thought bonsais needed indirect sunlight and few waterings. Not the case here. This little guy soaks in the sun all day, and his leaves just keep getting greener and shinier and bigger. They feel silk to the touch, and I have to restrain myself from bothering it too much! My love can be a bit smothering, so I've been told.
And there they are. The bigger plants of the bunch. Next post, I'll introduce you to my new seedlings: garlic chives, pinstripe aubergines, cos baby lettuce, and maybe, if we are lucky and they sprout, some sweet peppers. Until then, any tips that you can share for indoor gardening?