Tips for the elderly to keep windowsill herbs

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We have previously blogged about how gardening can help the elderly and the benefits it has on the mind and body.

It’s also a great way to get outside into the fresh air and connect with the natural world, however some older people may not be mobile enough to get out into the garden and may not have the energy for digging or weeding either.

Keeping windowsill herbs is a great way for them to still have a little greenery in the home and somewhere they can tend to with some love and care. What’s even better is that the herbs can be used in cooking as they grow.

Growing windowsill herbs is super simple too and we have a helpful three-point guide for you to follow:

  1. Keep your herbs in the right place. They need a bright spot on a draught-free windowsill. Cold temperatures can damage them so be aware of that in the cooler months.
  2. Don’t over water them. This is a common but easy mistake to make. Water a little and often. Every morning touch the soil and if it is dry to your touch, then give your herbs half an egg cup of water.
  3. When you pick or snip off the leaves for use in cooking or to garnish dishes, take them from the top so that light can reach the lower part of your plant and it continues to grow well.