My mom always had a row of pretty little African Violets and avocado pips growing on her windowsill and somehow I am sure that kitchen windowsills are meant for collections of little plants!!! When we built onto our house I wanted really wide windowsills for making a windowsill garden… needless to say the builders were not listening that day (or most days for that matter!!!).
And our windowsill garden lives on a tray… which is actually quite nice because it is easy to follow the sun. Really all you need to get going is a couple of glass jars and their lids. And a sunny spot… and a resident waterer who is neither over-enthusiatic or forgetful. Every now and then we have a total refresh and start over, we lose anything that may no longer be growing – for one reason or another… and clean out the jars and start afresh. And then we watch it grow for a couple of months and repeat the process!!!
For the last couple of weeks our windowsill garden has been growing away:
This is what we have been growing…
- Avocado Pips and African Violet Leaves: Just to carry on the tradition.
- Pineapples: We always have a pineapple growing on the windowsill and here’s how. You start with a pineapple that has a nice leafy top… on top!!! And here is the best part: smash the top against the edge of a table. The stem will break off!!!
- Carrot tops and Beetroot tops: Gather up some root vegetables.
- Sweet Potatoes: Place a sweet potato into a dark cupboard for a couple of days and leave it there to grow a couple of shoots. When you take it out of the cupboard it will have no green leaves, bit give it a couple of days and all the little pale leaves will become green.
- Beans: Everyone know how to grow beans!!! I keep a steady supply going because they are so handy for explaining so many things and everyone enjoys having a jar of beans on the grow…
- Flowers: I aways keep one or two fresh flowers there… as the seasons change so do the flowers and they are fantastic for exploring with a magnifying glass. And toss some damp bread into a petri dish and for a couple of days and you will have a nice moldy growth to examine more closely…
- Mould: Just toss some damp bread into a covered petri dish and for a couple of days and you will have a nice moldy growth to examine more closely… (Sorry, no picture right now!!!).
- Finally We are Growing a Microbe Biosphere: We followed the steps from the Magnifying Glass:
Eat the fruit and save the stem.
Place the top onto a water filled jar so that it fits snugly.
And wait and watch. After a couple of days you will get a few roots.
And after a few weeks you will have a huge pineapple plant!!!
The weirder the better…
Chop off the tops.
And pop the tops into a jar lid… keep them watered…
And vegetables that appeared to be old and tired will spring into life – literally!!!
Give it a couple of weeks and something to climb and it will become a jungle!!!
And the Se7en + 1th Thing:
And for now we are just watching and waiting…
So that’s our windowsill garden… Tell us if you are growing something interesting on your windowsill… we would love to be inspired!!!