Earlier this month I had shared a post about why i choose to live a slow & simple life. Adding onto that, I think I choose to be simple mostly because I absolutely love & admire being close to nature and revel in its beauty of the amazing thing it provides us.
I feel simplicity & sustainability goes hand in hand for the most part and that’s how why i think i am a bit of both. Sustainability has become an important part of my life since past one year, it has helped me be aware and honestly quite conscious about each & every decision i make towards my life.
For the the most part of my life, I have found myself easily connected to nature in one or the other way. My heart literally speaks the language of wildflowers, all things earthy and grounded. Last year i shifted all my focus from people and relationships that weren’t serving me well from a long time, trying to find peace and calm in things that actually bring me joy. That’s when i discovered my deep love & fondness for plants, yoga, crystals and few other things. I honestly can’t believe it took me all these years to find what my heart really wanted or needed in most cases and once i knew what it is, there was nothing in the world that could stop me from pursuing it.
Indoor Herb Garden
My Indoor Herb garden is one of those things that makes me enormously happy. It has been a fairly new experiment but most rewarding one after houseplants.
+ Freshly sown by the kitchen window sill are a few different kinds of herbs that we have been enjoying from last few days now. Although my experience with growing shoots indoor has been quite limited, mostly because I tried my hands on it a few times last year but failed miserably. But that didn’t stop me from trying again and I felt very strong about finding some success this year considering that i used the right means & methods for growing them in pots indoors.
The kitchen window sill is fairly small but i couldn’t think of any better place for experimenting with growing herbs and some small sized veggies that can be used in everyday cooking. Unlike living in a house with a front & back yard that could be used for a lot of creative endeavors, life is different in a small apartment. Small spaces, corners, window sills have become my favorite spaces.
There are less opportunities in a small apartment but at the same time so many ways to utilize the spaces efficiently and honestly more creatively, like i have been tryin to do. With that said, this is another new series that i will be sharing a lot more about.
I figured it might be fun to share how little things like having grown our own little herb garden has given me immense happiness and joy and a reason to wake up every morning looking forward to the slow & simple days like such.
Here’s marking a progress now that they are fully germinated, ready to be harvested.
Last year I had tried growing some coriander leaves, twice actually, by using the seeds i already had in the kitchen but failed immensely because i didn’t use the right method and the right pot to be honest. But this year i made sure to pre-plan and research every little detail about the herbs i wanted to seed, hand sowed each & every one of them, nurtured them with love everyday and watered them on a regular basis so they could stay strong all throughout the summer.
I am not going to lie but the day my garden started to show signs of germination, i was over-joyed with happiness and quite gratified at the sight. Words may not describe how delighted i was quite frankly.
In case you are curious, here’s what i did :
+ Beyond seeds i didn’t wanted to buy anything new for this little venture/experiment. I am a firm believer of “use what you have” and i apply this theory to each & every decision i make regarding my household. I used old planter pots for growing tiny herbs and a variety of plastic cartons (take-away boxes, berries cartons, plastic yogurt cups etc) that i had saved.
Except that i used the spare Terracotta pots that i already had in store. I like how Terracotta pots are pleasant to look at and neatly contained throughout the window sill. The small pots needed some kind of under tray to avoid drainage of water and for that i decided to use an old wooden crate that would fit all of them together neatly.
+I bought the seeds from a local market and some were ordered online from Amazon. That’s one go-to option that had been really helpful, plus most amazon sellers of seeds were nearby farmers so that’s something good.
+ A list of herbs that i sowed this year are: Basil, coriander, mint, oregano, thyme, parsley and mini versions of veggies like baby spinach, cherry tomatoes and green chillies. Apart from that, coriander has been sowed twice and so as the micro-greens (more on micro-greens later).
+ I pre-soaked coriander and micro-greens, the only two that needed pre-soaking to germinate faster. Each of the herbs had specific requirements for the type of container, shallow or deep, and the depth of sowing the seeds, i made sure to follow these steps precisely.
Things i was curious about in the beginning:
+ the window sill was fairly small and the pots were placed close to each other but they did sprout well and didn’t take up a lot of space. The garden is still tiny as compared to one grown in outdoor spaces but it is perfect for a small apartment and for a family of two.
+ the kitchen window is South-East facing, which means great sunlight in the morning and shadier afternoons & beyond but surprisingly it worked out well because we certainly didn’t wanted to burn out the seedlings before they even germinate.
+ Micro-greens, coriander and green chillies were the ones i was most curious about and i was quite discouraged in the beginning for 2 reasons: coriander took a lot of time to finally germinate(almost a full month) and green chillies didn’t survive at first because of some really rough cold weather days. The second lot of chillies did great by the way!
The micro-greens died because of less watering initially and had to be sown again. It was anyway a very dainty experiment but the new lot is ready to be harvested and enjoyed 🙂
I think thats all about my tiny indoor herb garden, will share some more progress as we move towards end of summer. Hope you enjoy the pictures and may be try growing some by yourself 🙂