My Windowsill Herb Garden, Week 5

My Windowsill Herb Garden, Week 5

My Windowsill Herb Garden, Week 5 My plants are still growing nicely in my windowsill!

I asked Mark Cooper, the horticulture student who helped me last week, if he had any tips regarding speeding the growth of my plants. I had tried to “help them out” by putting them under the warm range light on the stove but now I think I should have let them go to sleep when I did…

“As far as the grow light Idea; that would be good BUT Basil is a long day plant, so short nights could induce early flowering. Since it is an annual, that is a lethal combination; especially when you (the home grower) wants a longer harvest period. So don’t interupt the darkness at night for the basil and it should last longer for you.”

Mark also offered some advice for another plant to try:
“Also look at Bay as a nice outdoor potted evergreen (Laurus nobilis). It is marginally hardy in Zone 7, so it will need some protection from a few of the extremely cold days in Starkville/Memphis. But it is really pretty, and a great way to have fresh bay for cooking. Most garden centers sell small “seedlings” (it is a tree) in quart sized pots and larger. The technical term is a “ramet” as we typically propagate Bay from cuttings rather than seed.”