How to Grow Organic Herbs in Containers


Organic herbs are ones that have not been sprayed with chemicals or pesticides. Planting herbs in containers is the perfect way to create a low-maintenance yet functional organic herb garden.

Step 1

Start with a large container called a strawberry jar. It has pockets and gives you the opportunity to plant a number of different herbs in one container. Use at least a 1-foot by 1-foot wide jar to help hold in moisture. Alternatively, you could use any type of container; just make sure it's large enough for the number and size of herbs you want to plant.

Step 2

Buy a bag of organic soil that is intended specifically for containers. This soil will have essential nutrients needed for the plants to grow and stay healthy without harsh chemicals. Dump out the bag of soil into a large bucket and pour one cup of water into the bucket. Keep the proportion at 2 parts soil and 1 part water. Thoroughly mix up the soil with your hands or a garden spade.

Step 3

Scoop the soil from the bucket into the strawberry container and up to the first pocket level. Use smaller organically grown herbs for the pockets such as thyme, chives and marjoram.

Step 4

Break up the roots gently and make a space in the soil of each pocket for the small herbs. Gently push one plant per pocket into the soil and cover with dirt.

Step 5

Add dirt into the container until you reach 3 to 4 inches from the top of the strawberry jar. Now you can plant herbs on the top of the pot. Don't be afraid to pack in the herbs.

Step 6

Dig small holes for each herb. Use taller herbs like cilantro or basil in the back of the container. Add oregano and dill to the front and middle portion of the bed. Place each herb into the hole and press down into the soil and cover with dirt.

Step 7

Place the container in the spot it will rest. Herbs love full sun so make sure the container receives at least 4 hours of direct sunlight a day. Water the organic herbs until you see water seeping out of the bottom of the pot. Do not over water the herbs as they can become prone to fungus such as powdery mildew. To treat a fungus organically, spray a solution of 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water on the plant once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Strawberry container
  • Soil
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Garden spade
  • Herbs


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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.