Growing Your Own Container Herb Garden

Have you ever dreamed of having fresh herbs for your culinary delight without having to spend exorbitant amounts at your grocery store? Worried that you may not have the expertise or space for your own garden? Don’t despair! You can grow your very own herb garden in containers right now with very little space.

Choose a space:

The most important thing is to pick a place that gets plenty of light. Without sunlight, your plants will be weak and spindly. Patios, balconies, decks, or even stairs can be perfect places for your container herb garden.

Many herbs can actually be grown indoors. Once again, you’ll just need to put them in a place that gets plenty of sunlight or place them under florescent lights.

Choose your containers:

Most any container can be used to grow herbs. Just be sure that there is a hole in the bottom for drainage.

If you choose a large container, you can actually plant several types of herbs in one container. Just be sure to plant the taller plants in the center and the shorter ones around the outside.

You can also have fun with choosing containers. Try choosing coordinating colors/varying sizes of containers and your herb garden can add some style to your décor.

Choose your herbs:

Almost any herb can be grown in a container. One of the best ways to choose herbs is a pick those that you enjoy cooking with. You may also want to consider herbs that have attractive colors and textures. Below is a list of herbs that work well in containers:

Herbs can be grown from seeds or from cuttings. If you want a quicker start, you can buy seedlings at your local garden store.

Sage Often used in stuffing or to flavor meat products such as chicken or poultry.
Parsley Fresh parsley is an excellent garnish for most any dish and will be sure to impress your dinner guests!
Oregano Commonly used in Italian cooking
Rosemary Great for rubs or dry marinades
Marjoram Commonly used in meat dishes
Chives Used for the famous baked potato; also good with butters, cheeses, and salads
Summer Savory Great salad garnish
Thyme Savory herb; good for soups and sauces
Basil/Sweet Basil Italian dishes; excellent in pesto and sauces
Cilantro Used in Oriental and Mexican dishes
Mint Excellent for summer beverages or tea

Preparing your container & planting:

Place some stones and/or bark chips in the bottom of your container to help with drainage.

Also, you’ll want to choose a loose soil instead of a heavy mixture. Try a mixture of potting soil and peat moss or consult your local garden store for a packaged container soil.

Fill your container to within on-half inch of the top with slightly moist soil. Plant the seeds according to the instructions on the seed packet or nursery tag.

If you’re unfamiliar with the plants you’ve chosen, be sure to label your plants so that you’ll be able to identify them later.

Watering:

When your container herbs are outside in full sunlight, your containers can dry out very quickly. On especially hot days, you may need to water them once or twice a day. In addition, small containers will dry out more quickly than larger containers.

Your herbs will dry out less quickly if they are indoors just be sure to keep an eye on them.

Enjoy Your Herbs:

Harvest your herbs regularly. This will actually help your plants to grow full and keep producing new shoots.

These are really the basics of container herb gardening. Give it a try and enjoy the experience!


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