Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Yesterday on my shopping adventure, I spied the 75% discount rack at our local Target store. There, out in front, were boxes of Chia Garden Herb kits on sale for $3.98. Now being that there will be no local farm veggies for quite some time, I decided to try my green thumb at growing windowsill herbs to liven up my winter dishes. If this method proves 'fruitful' I may just have hubby build me a small green house or cold frame to extend the outdoor growing season. As it is, I only have two south facing windows needed to grow indoor seedlings. Just think how big this cottage industry could get!
Here's another example of windowsill gardening:
Another after Christmas deep discount ($3.00 @ TJ Maxx) ... kit included bulb and bulb jar. This is a fragrant paper white bulb I planted about two weeks ago. It's just about ready to bloom. Did I mention the second south facing window is in my bathroom ... guess that narrows my valuable herb garden space ;) There are many bulbs you can 'force' to grow including hyacinth.
If you are interested in brightening up your winter windowsill and can't find a bulb jar, you can use a small (approx. 6 inches tall) carafe available at a craft or kitchen store) as shown above. Directions can be found here
Bulbs may or may not be easy to find this time of the year. Last time I checked at Walmart a few weeks ago, they had oodles of hyacinth bulbs at just pennies a piece.
BTW, I didn't put my paper white bulb in cold storage ... just filled the jar with water and within a few days it started to sprout. Hope you try this fun project. I'll post a few progress pictures as my herbs start to grow and the flowers bloom.
Photos: By Mrs. Mac ... all copyrighted ... except the Chia Herb Gardening one ;)