How to Grow Herbs on the Balcony

Overview

Using handpicked herbs for your cooking, baking and other recipes provides you with the freshest choice of seasonings. Growing your own herbs allows you to add them to all of your favorite recipes. Growing herbs does not require a plot of land or even a back yard. You can grow herbs on your balcony or patio in containers or pots. Provide your growing herbs with a few basics elements, such as proper lighting and a sufficient water supply to ensure the herbs flourish.

Step 1

Use several medium-sized pots to grow herbs individually, or use larger containers or planters to grow a number of herbs together. Only use containers with drainage holes and ones that have not previously held any toxic materials.

Step 2

Select areas of your balcony for growing herbs that provide full sun for most herbs, or move the containers, as needed, to provide enough sunlight.

Step 3

Cover the drainage holes with mesh, an old coffee filter, newspaper or paper towel to hold the growing medium in. Fill the pots with good quality potting soil or a soilless growing medium.

Step 4

Sow the seeds directly in the soil at the depth and spacing suggested on the packets. Or, place the herb transplants in the pots and add more soil as needed. Water the planted herbs thoroughly.

Step 5

Continue to water the growing herbs, as required, which will vary depending on several factors. This includes the size and material of the pot, the soil used and the number of herbs growing. Check the top 1 inch of soil daily and water when it is dry. Add enough water, until it drains from the bottom.

Step 6

Apply a fertilizer to the soil when planting herbs or once growth begins. Follow the directions on the label for amounts required and how often to use.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers
  • Mesh or coffee filter
  • Soil
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension: Growing Herbs in Containers
  • Herb Gardening Guru: Growing Herbs in Containers
  • University of Illinois: Successful Container Gardening

Who Can Help

  • West Virginia University: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: Growing Herbs in Containers
Keywords: growing herbs, herb transplants, planted herbs, planting herbs

About this Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.