Although there might be sufficient room in your garden for growing herbs, there are many advantages of herb growing in pots as well. Here are some things you need to remember about growing herbs in pots.
There are many methods of growing herbs but for some people their only choice is pot gardening. The good news is that herb growing in pots is viable. It offers you the advantage of taking the pot indoors if you want to prolong harvest season.
In growing herbs in pots, the first thing you need to determine is the kind of herb and the container that you would use. Large containers filled with lush and scented herbs can be great but is heavy in space. Grouping together smaller pots can be attractive when located in a deck or patio.
The most popular herbs grown in pots are those which are used for culinary purposes such as mints. They should also be grown in pots so that they would be free from riots in your garden as well as neighborhood.
If you like cooking different dishes, arrange a group of pots for each kind of dish. For example, if you like Mexican food, place chili peppers, basil, and cilantro in one pot. Thymes, French tarragon, and lavender should be grouped together as they are ingredients used in French dishes. You can vary your grouping by combining herbs for salads and those for barbecue. Placing chives or cilantro in a pot would make salads or baked potatoes tastier. The good thing about this is you do not have to go to the supermarket.
Herb growing in pots requires a good soil and a pot with excellent drainage. The pot should be filled with two thirds of soil mix and then plant the herbs. Herbs in pots needs to be watered frequently especially during summer when watering might be frequently needed several times throughout the day.
During the afternoon, they should be transferred close to the house to protect them from the sun. When placing the herbs on the deck, be careful in watering them as you might water the tenants below. Place protective trays below so it would get sufficient moisture and will not create any worries to the neighbors.
So even if there is a large space in your garden to grow herbs, you will still benefit from herb growing in pots. You can easily add them to your food and always have fresh herbs served at your table.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:44:08.