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Prefer vegetables on the windowsill - Here's how

Tomatoes, peppers, herbs - all types of vegetables that you should prefer on the windowsill. You can find out why, why, why and how it is done here.

Choosing vegetables is easy

It will take a while before vegetables can be planted on the balcony, terrace or in the open, because most of the ice saints are still ahead of us in early May. Frost-sensitive vegetables should therefore only be placed in the bed from mid-May. Nevertheless, you can do a lot of preparatory work and prefer some vegetables on the windowsill from February / March. This gives the plantlets a big head start later, so that the harvest can also take place earlier.

It is generally recommended to prefer the vegetables from seeds. As soon as the young plants can go outdoors, they are quite robust and less susceptible. So now you know why planting vegetables is so good. Now we will also explain which vegetables are particularly suitable for this and how to implement the preference correctly.

Which types of vegetables can be preferred in the house?

On the windowsill, you should primarily prefer vegetables that need a lot of heat, since they originally come from warmer climes. Most of them are tomatoes and peppers. But other Mediterranean vegetables such as aubergines, peppers, chilli or zucchini also get a pre-culture indoors. But you can prefer many more types of vegetables on the windowsill, such as picking salad, herbs, cabbage or cucumber.

The right time for sowing

When you should sow the individual vegetables always depends on how long the growing season of the vegetables is. Here is a small overview of which vegetables should be sown when.

➤ Sowing in February:

Plants with a long cultivation period include, for example, eggplants, peppers, chilli and hot peppers. You should therefore sow these in seed pots from the beginning of February. From mid-February, lettuce, celery, leeks and kohlrabi can follow. The same goes for some herbs like chervil, parsley, basil and dill.

➤ Sowing in March:

You should then cultivate most vegetables on the windowsill from March, as they grow much faster than the previously mentioned varieties. Tomatoes usually make the start, and all types of cabbage are put on the windowsill from the beginning of March. For zucchini and cucumber, you should wait until the end of the month.

Instructions for pulling forward on the windowsill

To grow vegetables on the windowsill, you need small pots (there are special pots available for growing) and also good soil for sowing or growing so that the plants are supplied with all the necessary nutrients. And of course you also need vegetable seeds. Once you've got everything done, you're good to go.

❃ Step 1:

Fill the growing trays or flower pots with the growing soil.

2 Step 2:

Now take the seed bags in hand and distribute the seeds. For bags with small seeds, simply tear off a corner of the bag and then sprinkle small amounts of the seeds onto the earth. However, you can easily sprinkle and distribute large seeds in your hand.

3 Step 3:

You should then only gently press the fine seeds into the soil. However, larger grains should always be covered with a very thin layer of soil.

4 Step 4:

So that the seeds can now germinate optimally, you must keep the soil nice and moist. So spray the earth lightly with water and cover with a transparent plastic bag, cling film or a glass pane. In addition, you should now place the growing pots in a room that is nice and warm.


Always make sure that the soil stays moist. So sprinkle with water from time to time and cover again.

5 Step 5:

When the first leaves form between the cotyledons, you have to separate the plants (this is also called pricking). Separation is best accomplished with a special pricking stick. You must then put the seedlings individually in larger pots. In doing so, carefully press the roots into the ground.

Once that's done, all you have to do is water the young plants and put them in a warm and bright place. The plants can then remain there until it is time to plant them outdoors.