Using containers for herb growing provides a lot of benefits rather than establishing a full blown herb garden. They offer the required mobility that your herbs needs especially during extreme weather and seasonal conditions as well as from animals and insects. This way, growing herb gardens will be more satisfying throughout the year.
However, choosing containers for herb growing is not easy as it may seem. You have to invest more time in ensuring that the soil has the correct amount of water and that the container is getting sufficient amount of sunlight for your herbs.
Many herbs are not choosy when it comes to the pots where they are placed and this is good news if you are just starting out with growing herbs. For instance, rosemary and basil grows in old teapot or empty coffee can. Thyme can thrive in a small clay pot. Dill, lavender, sage, and mint can also be grown in containers.
When considering containers for herb growing, one factor that you need to bear in mind are the seeds. They should have high quality and in good condition. Just like any organic substance, seeds are prone to decay. Other agents that contribute to seed contamination are airborne spores and oxygen. To avoid any problem with your seed, make sure that you follow the freshness date on the package and avoid using wet packages.
In addition, you need to find the best location to put your containers for herb growing. To do this, determine the kind of exposure that your plant will need. Some herbs may thrive in a shady room while others demand more sunlight. Basil needs warm soil and dry air and is tolerant to cold temperatures. If you are growing your herbs indoors, place them near a window so it can get sufficient light.
Moreover, containers for herb growing should have the right preparation of soil as well as the proper blend of sand and clay. To ensure the most appropriate moisture content, it is recommended to use clay chips. They can absorb and hold the water for extended period.
Another important consideration is the correct amount of water. A common problem with containers for herb growing is root rot. This occurs when there is too much moisture. While some herbs like being watered constantly, majority of herbs thrives in a dry soil.
A moist soil does not mean that you have to soak the plant in water. To determine the right kind of moisture, you can use a toothpick or moisture gauge. When the toothpick is removed, you can easily determine whether the soil is wet or dry. A more precise measure of wetness or dryness can be obtained from a moisture gauge.
In conclusion, containers for herb growing require careful thought and planning. This way it would be easier for you to grow and maintain your plants.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 10:40:38.