Even if you don’t have a garden, you still have the option of growing herbs in pots. Actually there are certain advantages to planting them this way, not the least of which is that you can move them around more easily.
The first thing that you need to do before you start growing herbs in pots is decide what types of herbs to grow and the kind of containers you want to use. Pots today come in literally dozens of sizes, and the really large ones can host any number of herbs, but they can be difficult to move around. If you have several large pots, rearranging them can be difficult.
It is for this reason that some prefer to use small to medium size containers for growing herbs in pots. They are just as lovely and offer the advantages of being easy to relocate.
If you are keen on growing herbs in pots so that you can find the garnishing you need more easily, consider planting chili peppers, basil, oregano, lavender and tarragon. Chives are also used in a variety of dishes and can add flavor to a lot of meals.
Prerequisite to growing herbs in pots successfully means utilizing top of the line pot soil. Once you have filled the pot (about two-thirds), put in the herbs and some mulch. Water them as often as needed. If it is summertime, you may have to water everyday, and if the heat and humidity is excessive, water the plants two to three times a day.
Although sunlight is essential for growing herbs in pots, too much can dry them up, so if the temperature is too high, put a shade over them or keep the pots away from the sun, at least until the heat goes down. Do not forget that the draining system needs to be preserved as well. An inadequate system will cause as much harm to the herbs as not watering or keeping them away from sunlight.
By growing herbs in pots, you assure yourself of having fresh garnishing for your meals, something that cannot be guaranteed by any supermarket. The amount of time you put in nurturing them is very little, and what you can get in the end more than makes up for the maintenance work you put in.
And in due course, you will grow to love planting and gardening, sp that it will not feel like a chore at all.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 12:07:03.