By: Natalie Jean
One of my favorite things about the season of Spring is watching things come to life. The leaves on trees, flowers, the grass...everything decides to come back to us after a silent, dark winter.
What I love even more is bringing that life inside! Today I want to talk with you a little bit about windowsill gardens and the different benefits you can derive from having one! Currently my husband and I are renting an apartment in the city so we don't have a backyard. Windowsill gardens are perfect for small spaces, especially in our situation, and they can really benefit your home!
Stress Reducer // Gardening is a great way to reduce stress! Whether you're out on your porch enjoying the sunshine, you're planning out which seeds to plant next or what flowers you want to add, or you're harvesting herbs that are ready, you're giving yourself something positive to focus on. Seeing plants and flowers every day can brighten your mood as well! Also, according to Michigan State University, gardening is associated with feelings or reward + mental clarity!
Providing For Yourself // When you grow herbs in your windowsill garden, you can use them for cooking, baking, and other household remedies. Being able to just walk over to your garden and snip a few leaves off of a plant is such a satisfying feeling because you grew that! You provided for yourself in a small way. What satisfaction!
Helping the Earth // When you plant your garden you have the option of reusing or repurposing old jars and containers, which is a form of recycling. Recycling is good for the earth! So you're being green not only because you're growing green but because you're taking a small step towards helping keep the planet healthy!
Saving the Bees // If you don't know, honeybees are becoming an endangered species. Oh no! So what can you do to help? Plant some flowers in your windowsill garden (if its on the outside of the windowsill) or pot some flowers and put them on your porch/patio for the honeybees to have access to. Don't use chemicals or pesticides on them either, as its bad for the bees! It seems small, but this can really help.
Here is a list of some herbs that you can plant in your very own windowsill garden:
Be sure to give your garden enough water and sunlight! A watched garden is a healthy garden. Forgetting about it and hoping things grow is probably the worst thing you can do for your plants. Also, be aware of your pets once the garden starts to grow. Cats like to dig and chew on leaves. (I know I've lost a few plant friends because my cat was a bit too curious!) Once your plants start to get big, you can repot them in larger containers, or move them outside if you have an outdoor garden too.
Enjoy your windowsill garden!