The truth is, I’ve never had a green thumb. In fact, most of my houseplants are artificial. Since I don’t always remember to water live plants, they usually shrivel and die. Good thing my husband takes care of the vegetable garden. Just sayin’. So how did I grow this fresh basil in my kitchen?
The secret is in the pot.
My mom gave me one of these Self Watering Planter from Amazon.com a couple of years ago with a package of dill seeds. I put in some Miracle-Gro Seed Starting Potting Mix , planted the seeds according to the directions on the package and filled up the outer pot half way with water. I didn’t give it another thought. In a little over a week, the seeds had sprouted. Amazing!
The pot is made of two receptacles. The inner one is made of a terracotta type, porous material. This is the one that holds the soil and the planted seeds. The outer receptacle is glazed both inside and out. This outer pot holds the water and because the inner pot is porous, it absorbs the water as it needs it. What a clever invention! These are also used for African Violets.
The beauty of it is that I don’t have to remember to water it! I only bother to check the water level every 2-3 weeks. The pot keeps the moisture level constant with a minimal amount of attention from me.
I have since bought more of these planters to use to grow parsley, chives, etc. They are right in my kitchen in a sunny window location. So when I’m cooking, they are right there handy to use.
Now I buy these as gifts. (I have a few stashed away in my gift closet!)