The Southern region of the United States is well known for its hot springs and scorching summers. Despite the excessive temperatures, many herbs can be cultivated in the heat and there are a number that can grow in the shade. Growing herbs is very beneficial. They can be used as air fresheners, for medicinal purposes and their most common use for cooking. Planting herbs in containers allows you the freedom of having fresh herbs year round since the containers can be kept virtually anywhere.
Survey the area where the herb containers will be placed. Look for a spot that has partial sun during the day. Notice if a lot of shade is offered and consider picking out herbs that can specifically grow in these conditions. Choose some herb seeds or plants at a home and garden center. Read the descriptions of each seed packet or plant and select those that thrive in hot weather or solely in the shade.
Prepare containers by punching out four holes in the bottom of each and filling two-thirds full with soil. Make a small hole in the soil to place the herb seeds. It should be 1/4 inch deep and the width of the seed in diameter. Insert 10 seeds per hole for maximum germination. Cover the hole with about an inch of soil; if the seeds are tiny then let them rest on top of the soil uncovered.
Use the watering can to water the herb seeds and plants according to the directions on the seed packet or plant insert. This is usually one to every three days and just enough to moisten the soil. Monitor the seeds and plants to make sure they are getting enough moisture. Adjust the watering schedule if the soil seems to be drying out quickly.
Transfer the seedlings into a larger container once the seedlings are 2 to 3 inches in height. Fill the larger container two-thirds full with soil. Use a trowel to gently scoop out the plant and place in the new container. Surround the transferred plant with soil until its roots are completely covered and the soil is 1 inch from the top of the container. Place similar plants together in containers according to growing needs. Water the plants after the transfer is completed.