As I mentioned in one of my earliest blog posts, when we designed our home, I included space in the bathroom and the kitchen for growing plants indoors. I wanted to design this in for so many reasons including improving indoor air quality, the ability to have fresh herbs during the winter and …the smell of Jasmine makes me happy!
While I do love gardening, I do not have a green thumb. I have killed all of my indoor plants by neglect. But by designing these indoor planting areas next to a water source and next to south and west facing windows…and in places where I am looking directly at them SEVERAL times each day…I am hoping to improve their odds of survival and my odds of success. I have been looking for months for a planter to start my indoor plant experiment in the kitchen. I found a planter online a few weeks ago and after several shipping snafus, have planted my first indoor box.
Now, for the Jasmine. I started with Arabian Jasmine because it is my favorite. While it does really well in warm and tropical climates, this “true” jasmine has to be a houseplant in the Pacific Northwest. This is the kind of jasmine that is used in tea. The smell is amazing…soothing, lovely. I put three small Jasmine plants into the planter and within two weeks it bloomed. The scent in the kitchen is SO wonderful. It makes me take a deep breath every time I walk up to the sink…another benefit.
There is almost nine feet of windowsill in the bathroom. That’s going to be the next target. Nine feet of Jasmine! Yum. I wish this blog had “smell-o-vision”.
The next experiments will be with herbs in the kitchen. I may have to find larger planters.
So, I highly recommend this to anyone that has a windowsill! Enjoy!