How to Small-Container Garden (Kitchen Herbs)

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When growing a small kitchen herb garden, remember to select a room that has enough light to grow herbs. Let herbs in a small-container garden dry out before re-watering them with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video series on... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to small container garden using kitchen herbs. Now there's all different types of herbs in the world, and so when I decide what types of herbs to put in my small kitchen herb garden, I always look through my drawers and find out, and my cabinets, what types of herbs do I use in my house. And then I decide from there. And remember that you have to give your herb some light, so you've gotta select a room that's got enough light. So if you have a kitchen that only has one window, you might count on artificial light because they really want more than one window of light. And I found that they do best in the morning sun. Sometimes if it's in a hot afternoon sun location, they get kind of fried when the sun comes through. So, think about those prospects or those aspects when you're designing your garden. This herb garden's been outside, it has been on my deck, and we just trim that back, the plants, as we need 'em and now it's starting to freeze at night, so I want to try to get them to live through the winter. So I brought 'em inside and they might go through a little bit of shock and I might lose a little bit of 'em, but so far they're looking good. And this is spearmint. I love to use it with tea, or ice water. It's a great plant and then there's different types of thyme which are great with any kind of meat or lamb. And then oregano is wonderful with any kind of pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce, and then there's other types of rosemary and tarragon, I love tarragon too. It's a great, great addition to any type of beef. So a kitchen garden or a small herb garden is really easy to create and you don't really need to have property or need to even have a patio. As long as you have a sunny window, you can find the herbs that you enjoy and just put 'em on a windowsill. You can just put one container on a plate, and the windowsill as well. Water 'em well, but let 'em dry out in between 'cause you don't want to let 'em sit in water. And trim out the leaves as they turn brown or they don't look good because herbs love to regrow, so the more you trim 'em down, the more they grow, and the more you succeed, and the more you can enjoy them.