Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden

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.

Herb companions

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.

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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.

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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.

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17 Replies to “Kitchen Garden”

  1. I like home grown herbs. I will try the instructions here. You have many interesting articles to keep me coming back. Thanks for sharing ❤

    1. Thank you for reading! I hope you’ll come back for more as the garden begins to grow. I plan on having a monthly garden update with tips.

      1. I was just thinking of starting to grow my own little garden, this has been so helpful as I do not know the first thing to being a green thumb, very helpful!

  2. I’m not much of a gardener but I have thought about growing herbs. My 7 year old daughter would love to grow herbs. I really appreciate your simple instructions. I thought that’s each herb needed it’s own pot and that can get expensive. I’m so happy to learn that a big pot and sectioning the herbs will work as well. Thank you so much for your post. Raheela

    1. Thanks Raheela! I like to combine them to save space. I have planted mine for spring in two large pots that have a big planting space but aren’t deep. Perfect! Basil is a good herb to start with if you want to stick to one. It’s super easy to grow from seed.

  3. 2 tips: you can often get 5 gallon buckets for free at delis, but you’ll need to drill holes for drainage. pounding a nail through the bottom is not as easy as it seems. you can use packing peanuts for a drainage layer, to avoid making your big pots too heavy. Also: LIME BASIL. it’s so awesome!

    1. Lime basil?!? Sounds amazing! Yes ma’am, as long as it can drain, recycle containers! I’m writing about container gardening soon. Stay tuned!

  4. You’ve got some great info here! I’ve been talking about setting up a small herb garden for a while now and I think this might be just the push that I need… My husband (the cook in our family) will love having fresh herbs around!

    1. Thanks Britt! It’s super easy to do. The herb garden pictured was right after planting. Not a month later and it’s spilling over the sides. Beautiful!!!

  5. I have always been hopeless with growing herbs. We’ve moved to a smaller place and I’m going to try to give it a go again.

    Thanks Again for the tips

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