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Herbs in container

 

 

Container Gardening for Herbs

by Barbara Ryan

Every time I go grocery shopping I see lush, fresh herbs for sale in the produce department. Wouldn’t it be nice to have fresh herbs a step away from your kitchen?

Herbs do well when they are planted outside.

You can plant a raised bed or a container herb garden. A sunny location is important. If you want to grow herbs inside, you will need a very sunny south-facing window sill.   Herbs grown outside will yield a better result.

Herbs are perennials, biennials, or annuals. You can grow them from seed or buy plants. Small herb plants are available at garden centers.

Many herb-loving gardeners find it easier to start with plants. Since many herbs are perennials, it is an investment with returns. The chives that I planted last year are growing again this year..

Plant what you plan to eat. Figure out how many containers you will need.

You can plant each herb in a separate pot. If you have a large container, group two or three plants together. A 14-inch diameter pot generally works for any herb variety. An 8-inch diameter pot is the minimum size you should use so you do not cramp the plant’s roots. Make sure your container has a nice sized hole so that surplus water can drain away. This is very important.

Read the full article: Lehigh Valley Master Gardeners

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

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