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April 28th, 2014 at 9:13 am

Planting a Container Herb Garden

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I like to think I have a green thumb, but I’m not really good at gardening. In the spring I get excited about plants and the colors and greenery, but as the summer wears on I get tired of weeding and trimming and watering. Then I let everything go wild and out of control.

Regardless, I am good at growing herbs in a container. First, they require little to no weeding, they are trimmed all the time, and because I pick them often, I tend to water them regularly. I love to use fresh herbs in the summer, adding basil to pasta salads, cilantro to my black bean salsa, and parsley to meatballs and tomato sauce. They are the three herbs you will always find on my patio, but I have also grown mint, thyme, rosemary, and lavender.

Some of the best herbs for container gardens are:

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Tarragon
  • Lavender
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

I like to mix several herbs in a pot. Most herbs need full sun or at least 8 hours of sunlight and dry conditions, and they tend to thrive in soil that is lean (meaning not a lot of fertilizer). I’ve never tried growing my herbs inside, but I do love to dry them towards the end of the summer. They will grow in different types of pots and can be worked into your deck, patio, window box, or front steps. When the plant reaches 6-8″ tall, you can harvest by cutting 1/3 of the branches. This will replenish and you will have amazing herbs all summer long. Plus, the scent off of the plants is amazing!

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