Creating a Windowsill Garden

by Amy Gordon
(last updated October 8, 2018)

You might have walked by many gardens and wished with envy that you could have one, only to remember that you do not have enough space around your house or apartment to make a good garden. Or perhaps you just want to add a little bit of spice to your house with some more plants to liven things up. Whatever the case may be, a good solution to brighten up your home is to create a windowsill garden. These gardens can go in almost any window and can add some life to the inside of your house.

The very first thing that you need to make a windowsill garden is a good windowsill to use. Remember that plants growing inside need sun just like those outside. Find a sill that lets in plenty of sunlight for a long period of the day. Once you have a sill, get a planter that will fit well inside this sill. Find something nice that will complement the garden that you are planning to grow inside. Make sure you get some soil to go inside the planter. Most gardening centers sell a "soilless" gardening mix that is perfect for this type of gardening since it removes soil born diseases.

Choose good plants to go into your windowsill garden. Find something that will not grow too big and whose roots do not need to be too extensive, since you have very little room to work in. Many herbs work very well in this kind of environment. Just remember not to over-water whatever plant you get, since this will kill off any plant as quickly as not watering it.

When you have everything you need, plant the garden and enjoy. Something that you need to remember is that indoor gardening has the unique challenge of less sun that something outside could receive. Even if your plant is in a good windowsill, you can help the plants grow even stronger by using a couple of tips. First, remember that florescent lighting, while not a substitute for the sun, can help the plants grow. Also remember that plants tend to grow toward sunlight, so if you can turn your planter around every week or so, it will help the plants to grow straight up rather than towards the window.

One last thing that you can do to help your plants is to bring them outside every now and then. While this is not necessary, if you can give your plants some direct contact with the sun, they are more likely to grow bigger and stronger than they would if they were just inside.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...


Removing Porcelain Stains

Porcelain is a beautiful addition to any home, especially in the bathroom. The problem with porcelain is that it stains ...

Discover More

Watch Out for Frost with Bedding Plants

Bedding plants act as wonderful decorations for your yard or garden, but they are fragile. If you plant your bedding ...

Discover More

Creating a Butterfly Garden

You will need to do some research if you want to build a good butterfly garden for your area. Seek out which butterflies ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

What is Square Foot Gardening?

Have you ever wanted to plant a garden, but didn't have the time or space? Square foot gardening allows you to plant your ...

Discover More

Building a Square Foot Garden Box

Planting and maintaining a square foot garden is easy and rewarding. These gardens require a type of garden box that you ...

Discover More

Indoor Gardening

Indoor plants can be used to brighten the inside of your house just like the outside. Be sure that your plant gets ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is nine more than 3?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)