Herb starters are at markets everywhere now. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, tending to a small windowsill garden is simple and rewarding if you remember a few things.
- Start with 3 herbs you think you’ll use the most and aren’t too needy for attention. Consider mint, parsley, and chives.
- Plant each herb in a separate pot with drain holes at the bottom, placed on a dish to catch the excess water, so the roots don’t rot.
- Let them grow where sunlight pours in, ideally a south-facing window.
- Don’t water too much or too often. Let the soil dry in between. If leaves turn brown, water more, if they turn yellow, water less. And don’t panic if either happens; just adjust the water accordingly the next time and you’ll find they’re pretty forgiving.
- Harvest often to enjoy them in your favorite dishes, but also to promote plant growth.
- If your herbs shrivel and die, chin up buttercup. Plant another batch and try again. Your thumb will get greener, we promise.