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Growing Herbs: Can You Contain It?

Rosemary

Rosemary

Fresh, home-grown herbs can be the highlight of any cook’s menu. What many don’t know is that herbs are easy to grow in containers, can be brought inside when the weather gets cold and will continue growing! Follow these tips below and you will thank yourself when your summer meals are bursting with fresh, home-grown flavor.

One of the most important aspects of having delicious success with your container herb garden is choosing the right containers. It doesn’t matter exactly what the container is; a plastic or terracotta

Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

pot, window box, or a strawberry pot (a great space-saver to plant several herbs together) – all you need to make sure is that your container has good drainage. Drainage holes are necessary so any excess water will drain out the bottom and not rot your precious herbs!

As for soil in your containers, use any organic potting mix that you can pick up at your local gardening center. If you have compost readily available, the more the merrier! Make sure to use Organic Fertilizer to feed your plants all season long, which will

Chives

Chives

promote better growth and healthier plants. Be sure to check herbs daily to see if they need a drink – containers need more watering than plants in the ground.

Place your Container Herb Garden somewhere easily accessible. You will want to be able to walk right outside and pick your fresh herbs for dinner!

If you are planting your first herb garden, try starting with the most common, beloved herbs like Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme, Chives and Dill. If you are more experienced or are looking for a

Oregano

Oregano

unique variety of herbs, try Cinnamon Basil or Lemon Basil, Sage, Catnip for your feline friends, Florence Fennel, Chamomile, Rocket Arugula, or Rosemary.

Planting herbs in containers right outside your kitchen door or window allows for you to not only monitor the plants closely, but pick them at your convenience and easily bring them indoors for the colder months. Won’t it be fun to brag at your next dinner party that the Basil in your pesto was grown with your own hands?

Happy Gardening!

May 22, 2012 · Amanda Shepard · 6 Comments
Tags: , , ,  · Posted in: Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, Gardening in the Winter, How-Tos, Perennials, Vegetable Seeds

6 Responses

  1. Diana Baker - May 22, 2012

    We are moving to St. Croix the US Virgin Islands and want to have a herb garden for the restaurant . I am planning on using pots most likely clay. There is very little humidity in St. Croix so I don’t think it will be a problem.

    I want to order my seeds from you as you have come highly recommended by a friend here in the U.S.

    Do you have any suggestions or information to pass along before I order the seeds. We are moving the end of July so I have some time but want to take the seeds with me I think it would be more reasonable as far as shipping them.

    Thank you so much, Sincerely, Diana Baker

  2. Diana Baker - May 22, 2012

    We are moving to St. Croix the US Virgin Islands and want to have a herb garden for the restaurant . I am planning on using pots most likely clay. There is very little humidity in St. Croix so I don’t think it will be a problem.

    I want to order my seeds from you as you have come highly recommended by a friend here in the U.S.

    Do you have any suggestions or information to pass along before I order the seeds.

    Thank you so much, Sincerely, Diana Baker

  3. Amanda Shepard - May 22, 2012

    Diana,

    Yes, the herbs will grow fine for you in St. Croix, you will just want to make sure to check each day to make sure the plants are not too dry. Any varieties will work, just be sure to follow the light requirements and give them plenty of water to start!

    Best,

    Amanda

  4. Diana Baker - May 22, 2012

    Thanks, Amanda for your quick reply.

    Can I order in bulk or can you give me some idea of how many packets to get.

    Will you ship to St. Croix?

    Thank you

  5. Paula - May 23, 2012

    My yard is mostly shade now so I started growing my favorite Italian kitchen herbs in pots. They are right outside my door on the deck. They do beautifully and I love that they are portable enough to be moved to the most sunny location. Then I bring them in for the winter. Love cooking with fresh herbs!

  6. Amanda Shepard - May 23, 2012

    Diana – Please give one of our gardening team members a call at 877.309.7333 and they will be more than happy to help you with quantities and in placing the order. No, due to agricultural restrictions, we are unable to ship to St. Croix.

    Paula – Thank you for sharing! I love cooking with fresh herbs too :)

    - Amanda