Growing herbs in a pot has become popular among people who want to cultivate plants but either don’t have the garden space or the time to attend to a large plot of land. The following tips can help you maximize the potential for growing your seeds.
One of the most critical aspects of growing herbs in a pot will be the size of the container. Although using a very large pot can be difficult, settling for too small a size will present its own problems, not the least of which is that it will not be able to keep the water needed during hot summer days.
Another thing that you need to consider is the material you will be using for growing herbs in a pot. Terra cotta is very common but they tend to be on the heavy side, and worse, break down easily. A better alternative would be foam pots, which are not just attractive but durable. Properly cared for, each can last up to ten years or more.
Next you need to choose the right spot. Growing herbs in a pot successfully means giving it the proper exposure to sunlight (at least six hours daily). In addition, the plant needs to experience some rain as well, so the area should be accessible to some rain. Of course, too much rain or sunshine can cause damage, so you need to make provisions for shade as well.
You can buy mixed soil in stores today, and this is ideal if you are growing herbs in a pot for the first time. However, if you are going to produce several or will get into layering and cutting, it is best if you mix your own material.
One other thing needs to be said about growing herbs in a pot, and that is you should place tiny bits of rock at the bottom of the pot (if there isn’t already). Most pots have holes that work as draining systems, but the addition of these rocks will make the process even smoother.
Growing herbs in a pot brings many benefits; for some it can be a money saver (no need to buy garnishing from the grocery store), while for others it can be a source of medication (it is no secret that science is quickly rediscovering the benefits of using herbs with modern medicine).
Others get into it just for fun or as a pastime. It does not take a lot of work, and the joys you will reap from it are numerous.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:07:56.