Spring is the perfect time to start simple windowsill herb gardens. These are so kid-friendly and easy that any age child can help. Children can practically do them on their own, or with an older sibling. It takes an upcycled (or used) olive jar, pasta sauce container, plastic box or mason jar, and some soil, small rocks and seeds to start.

Herb windowsill gardens are a great project to do simultaneously with grandparents or cousins in other cities or parts of the country. Use FaceTime to communicate weekly and see how each herb garden is growing. This is a fun and creative way to keep in touch with family members across the state and nation during the COVID-19 advisory.

Supplies:
Old glass jars, plastic containers or wide-mouthed mason jars
Small pebbles, rocks or gravel
Potting mix
Herb seeds like rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, or mint
Water

Instructions:

  1. Remove any old labels from glass jars or containers with warm soap and water. If the label is tough to remove, let it sit in a small tub of warm water. The label should be loosened after 30 minutes.
  2. Dry the inside well with a paper towel.
  3. Use washi tape and a permanent marker to label the container according to the herbs.
  4. Add a layer of pebbles, small rocks or gravel, about 1-2 inches in the bottom of the container.
  5. Add enough potting mix to reach about an inch from the top.
  6. Plant seeds (1-3 seeds depending on the container size and according to directions for planting on the package) about ¼” in the soil.
  7. Cover with soil to the top of the container and place in a windowsill that gets plenty of sun. Lightly water the soil.
  8. Then, watch your garden grow! Be sure to lightly water or mist your plants a few times a week. Refer to the herb package planting instructions for when it’s time to transplant thriving herbs outside for summer.

Use your fresh basil in simple recipes like the sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil one below:
Slice large tomatoes, such as beefsteak or heirloom, and fresh mozzarella cheese into wedges and layer. Cut fresh basil and place over the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with salt and drizzle with balsamic vinegar before serving.


Feature photo by Cassidy Phillips on Unsplash
Tomatoes Basil photo by Jonas on Pexels