How to Create a Basic Herb Garden Plant Container


Creating a container full of sweet-smelling herbs is an easy weekend project. Containers come in a variety of sizes and colors, so choose the best one for your outdoor space. Choose your favorite and most frequently used herbs to place in your herb garden. Herbs don't mind a crammed pot, so the more herbs you can fit in the container, the better. Place the container in a sunny spot and watch the herbs come to life.

Step 1

Design an outline of the container to refer to as you begin the planting process. Pick a container large enough to hold the herbs, at least 1 foot by 1 foot.

Step 2

Lay a 2-inch layer of broken shards of an old pot on the bottom of the container to ensure the water gradually drains out of the bottom, instead of pouring out the bottom.

Step 3

Dump a bag of soil into the container until it reaches 5 to 10 inches from the top of the lip of the container. Gently pull apart the roots of each herb.

Step 4

Dig small holes with a garden spade to make a space in the soil for each plant. Use herbs like sweet basil and cilantro in the back of the container. Add thyme and oregano to the front; they will spill over the container and create a lush design. Gently push each herb into the hole and cover the roots with dirt.

Step 5

Place the herb pot in full sun and make sure the plants receive at least four hours of direct sunlight each day. Water the herbs until you see water seeping from the bottom of the container. Add a layer of mulch around the herbs to help retain moisture, especially in hot summer months.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not overwater your herb container; herbs can be susceptible to powdery mildew. If you suspect this fungus, spray an organic solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water around the container once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Broken pot shards
  • Soil
  • Garden spade
  • Herbs
  • Water
  • Mulch


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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.