Herbs are a popular addition to any garden, because of their many uses. Herbs are flavorful additions to many recipes and can be used fresh or dried. However, if you don't have room to plant them in your yard, they can easily be grown in containers. You can grow a small herb garden by placing several different herbs in one large pot. With proper care you can have herbs for cooking or drying at your fingertips all year long.
Place your container in an area that receives at least six hours of sunlight each day, preferably one with late afternoon shade.
Fill the bottom inch of your container with gravel to ensure proper drainage.
Add potting soil mixed with compost to the container. The ratio of potting mix to compost should not be more than 3 to 1.
Water the potting mix so that it is moist, but not soaked.
Decide which herbs to plant together based on the water requirements. Plant herbs that need more moisture, such as basil, tarragon, parsley and cilantro, together. Herbs that prefer drier soil include oregano, chives, sage, rosemary and thyme.
Keeping the rootball intact, plant your herbs so that the top of the rootball of each plant sits at 3/4 inch below the rim of the pot. Add in more potting mix around the plants. Space the plants 3 or 4 inches apart. You can plant four or five different herb plants in a 16-inch pot.
Water the plants well, so that water runs out of the bottom drainage holes of the pots. Continue to water your herbs whenever the top 2 inches of soil feel dry to the touch. Water in the mornings if possible.
Things You Will Need
- Large pot or container with drainage holes
- Potting soil that contains peat moss, sand or perlite
- Compact, drought-tolerant herbs are ideal for herb container gardening.
- Choose short, full plants that are not yet blooming for transplanting.
- For herbs that need more moisture, use plastic containers, which will hold in water. Terra cotta planters are good for herbs that need less water because they dry out more quickly.
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