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Jim Hillibish: How to build a container garden

By Jim Hillibish

The perfect scenario is a garden plot right off your kitchen door, ready to supply herbs. Of course, not many of our houses offer this luxury.

If you tour historic places, you’ll find herb gardens out the back doors. Jefferson and Washington, Zoar and Williamsburg come to mind. Probably your grandmother enjoyed one.

Pavement conquering soil diminished our chances for close-in kitchen gardens. Still, we love fresh culinary herbs but must pay dearly for them at the grocery.

But there’s hope for your personal herb garden: Containerize it.

Container gardening is exploding in popularity. New plants, improved soils and pots made of lightweight, decorative materials are powering the trend, plus the ever-present desire to save cash.

There’s more to it than just popping plants into cans of dirt. Container arranging is a chance to express your artistic tendencies. It will be close to your house, so decorative is part of the job.


Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.