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The containers can be any size (10cm / 4in upwards), and of course you can have as many as you want. It's also not really necessary to buy all the pots at the start, more containers can be added as your interest in herbs grows. Our aim at the start of this project was to have pots large enough for about seven herbs.
If your herb container doesn't have any drainage holes in it then the first step is to make four or five smallish holes in the base. Don't make the holes to large, that would allow the compost to leak out each time the container was watered.
Grow Herbs in Containers - Filling the Container
Before you fill your container, think carefully where its final position will be. It's often best to site the container near to a house door. This will enable you to easily collect the herbs when you need them for cooking. The other factor to consider is sunlight levels. Most herbs thrive in full sun for as long as possible so site the container in full sun.
|Your choice of herbs for the containers will depend on several factors. Is
the primary purpose decorative or for cooking? Do you want one larger herb per
container or two or three smaller ones.
At all costs avoid planting strong growing herbs in the same container as less vigorous herbs. Mint, lemon balm and sage should be planted in containers by themselves.
During our visit to the National Herb Centre we asked them which herbs to select for growing in containers with no specialist knowledge. Their suggestions were:
Marjoram / Oregano
Slow growing varieties of rosemary were also recommended.
Having bought your herbs, planting them in the filled container is easy. Scoop out a hole in the compost approximately the same size as the potted herb. Tip out the herb from the pot and place it in the hole. It should be planted to the same depth as grown in the pot. Gently firm down the surrounding soil and water in well.
That's about as much as you need to do to get your container herb garden off to a good start. We added around 2cm / ¾in layer of gravel over the top of the compost. Not only does this make the containers look more attractive but it will also help retain moisture in warm weather, reducing the need for watering.
Finally we spread a 3cm / 1in layer of chipped bark round the containers. This is purely for looks although if the containers are place directly on soil, then it will stop your feet picking up soil when you care for your herbs. To retain the chipped bark in place, we placed a low border round the area. Click the picture above to see an enlarged version with our final touches.
Date posted: October 20, 2011 - 04:13 am
Message: Hello Linda
You can water it a little, but why bother? Make a few holes with a sharp tool and you will not need to worry about waterlogging.
Date posted: October 20, 2011 - 03:38 am
Message: k well i need to ask u i have a pot adn i;m growing parsley and it doesn't have any holes so i figured i should just water slightly less and then when it's starting to get dryish then i should just water it do u think i could do this
Date posted: July 17, 2011 - 12:07 pm
Message: I live in Spain my basil plants keep dying the leaves get all wrinkly and go yellowish white HELP!
Date posted: June 13, 2011 - 02:51 pm
Message: My rosemary plant is in full sun. The needles on it are turning brown. What is the cause and how can I cure it. Also, do I remove the flowers?
Thank you for your help
Name: Chandraman Gurung
Date posted: May 12, 2011 - 03:16 am
Message: I am interested to make gardening more interesting and herb product.
I am interested to make green tea but have no idea which plants are more used in makeing green tea.
Date posted: January 09, 2011 - 10:45 am
Message: how do I handle pooted chives in the winter? do I move them indoors? should they be left outdoors?
Date posted: November 19, 2010 - 12:34 pm
Message: I have a question about my basil plant which I have indoors ...
The basil plant is getting dropy as the weather is getting colder and darker and some of the other plants leaves has died ...
So I have cut the stem but left some of it in with the roots attached to the earth in side the pot ..
Do you think that the stem will grow again?
Do you think the basil what is left of my last plant will survive the winter in the house?
I would be very gratefull if you can answer my question thank you.
Date posted: November 03, 2010 - 06:27 am
Message: I do not know much about gardening my rossemary plant leavesare turning brown can you guide me
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