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Have a green thumb?

Have a green thumb, lets try to grow some herbs or plants near our kitchen window using cuttings.

Have a green thumb? Does living in an apartment or the limited space around stopping you from gardening?

Create an indoor kitchen garden in a small limited space.

All you need is a sunny window spot of your kitchen or just any window where sunlight is good where you can make your own organic vegetable, spice or herb garden. Let’s begin:

Step 1
Choose a window in your house (ideally south-facing) which gets at least 6 hours of sunlight.

Step 2
Choose an appropriate container, It should be big enough to fit the window sill, but bear in mind, that it should not be too small, your herbs won’t like it. The right container should be 4 inches deep and 4 inches wide.

Step 3
Try and use nutrient-rich and well-draining soil.

Step 4
We can start the garden by taking cuttings from some of the plants and rooting them in water. Cut with a sharp knife or scissor a 3 or 4-inch stem, strip off the bottom leaves and place the cutting in a small container of water and place on the window sill. Although not all plants might like it, rooting kitchen plants in water is the best way to propagate.

Change the water in the containers every day or two because stale water will turn cloudy and grow bacteria and algae which will be a bad medium to grow roots. Soft stemmed herbs like basil, lemon balm, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme and stevia are good plants for this type of rooting.

Herbs like parsley, cilantro should be grown from seeds. You can also try to grow microgreens.

Step 5
When roots grow, transfer them to the soil container and place the container near your sunny kitchen window.

Remember watering should be done when the soil feels dry to touch. Now just step back, relax, to see your plants grow.

By Amit Gonsalves

Creative artist with a love for plants, aquariums and old school rock music.

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