Grow herbs in pots
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It’s rewarding to trim herbs from your garden to add to your cooking. There’s something special about creating food from a seed or plant. I love to add herbs into my flower garden and in pots on the patio. An easy DIY project for novice gardeners is growing herbs in pots.
I love the look of a large terracotta pot with different herbs flowing over the sides. I’ve tried in the past to create this without much luck. Live and learn. Let me teach you how.
In order to grow different herbs together in the same pot, you must group plants that like the same type of growing conditions. For example, rosemary is a Mediterranean herb that likes the growing conditions you would find in that area of the world, dry and loamy soil. If you plant that with parsley, your parsley wouldn’t have the moist, rich soil that it needs to thrive.
To successfully grow herbs in pots, take a moment to learn the growing conditions that they will do the best in. This will save you from defeat later on. The instructions on the back of a seed packet fall short with this information.
Growing herbs in pots: step-by-step
Prepare your pots
Just about any container can be a pot as long as it has a drainage hole in the bottom. Get creative by using found items or up-cycle an old tea tin. Drill holes in the bottom of your pots to provide drainage.
At the bottom of your pot add a layer of gravel, stones, sea shells, broken pieces of concrete, clay pellets, or anything that will easily let water pass through to the drainage holes.
Mix your soil
Start with potting soil. Make sure it says “potting” soil and not garden soil. Mix in the additives needed to create the correct growing conditions for your herbs.
Loamy soil is created by mixing your potting soil with grit or sharp sand to loosen it up and make it light. Rich, fertile soil is easily created with potting soil and a bit of compost or manure.
Add your plants or seeds
If you are starting seeds, follow the instructions and plant them in groupings in the pot. Once they are about two inches tall, thin them to allow space for them to grow a proper root system.
Seedlings can be placed on a layer of soil in the pot in groups and then back fill the pot with your potting mix. Add a nice layer of soil on top and a little gentle pressure to settle every plant in place.
When you grow any plant in a pot, it will require a closer watch for drought. Mediterranean herbs can withstand a bit of drought, but this will harm the growth of other herbs.
Some herbs can grow in pots on a sunny windowsill and some will require the full sun of the outdoors. Make sure you give your herbs what they need to survive and thrive.
Trim often and enjoy!
After your herbs have grown for about 4 months, they will be ready for harvest. Trimming herbs encourage growth and will give you a vigorous plant.
Tiny balcony or garden? No problem. If you have 4 square feet, you can grow your own food and herbs! Check out the Garden Tower Project and get growing.
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