No matter where you live and no matter what time of year it is, you can have a container herb garden. In fact once you have started herb container gardening and find out how much fun they are you’ll be hooked. Container gardens are so easy to maintain.
In this video Insightful Nana gives detailed instructions for planting a summer container herb garden.
Criteria for container herb garden.
- Choose a large pot with growing room. Insightful Nana used a plastic container, I am partial to clay pots.
- The right soil. Herb plants with similar soil requirements should be planted together. For example: rosemary, oregano, thyme and lemon balm like light well drained soil. Basil, parsley, chives and dill like rich well drained soil. Lavender and sage will live in either soil.
- Containers must have drain holes.
Container herb gardens with a theme.
I just love to plant theme gardens in containers. These are culinary herb gardens. Plant herbs that would go in a particular food or type of cooking. Last November my neighbor gave me a Turkey Garden. This garden lasted almost all winter in a window facing south. The rosemary did fabulous, the sage did good but I missed watering it and the thyme died out.
- Italian garden: sweet basil, oregano, thyme and rosemary.
- Mexican salsa garden: cilantro, oregano, onions, peppers and tomatoes.
- Turkey garden: thyme, sage, and rosemary.
- Fish garden: dill, savory, thyme.
When the soil requirements do not match, I like to plant herbs separate but in the same container. I do this by planting the mis-matched plant in a separate pot in the soil it requires, then place the pot right down in the container. This method works for the basil in the Italian themed herb garden.
You can pick a pot that matches your theme and add a cute plant pick. These container herb gardens make great gifts. I like to include a recipe. Like this one for fish:
Herbed Butter1 stick of butter softened 2 tbs of the fresh herb of your choice; dill, thyme or savory. combine ingredients let herbed butter stand for at least 1 hr brush on pan fried or grilled fish and serve
Have fun with your container herb gardening. You will be successful when you follow the criteria for a container herb garden.
Happy Gardening ,
Sheila, Herb gardening for beginners.
P.S. Make your garden planters unique. Try a planter in the shape of you favorite animal or may be an old antique copper pot. Consider a wire basket.