Herb Gardening

Convenient natural healing and spices

We all love the taste of fresh herbs in our food, like chives or cilantro in whipped potatoes or fresh rosemary over chicken. Container gardening allows you to grow fresh herbs in a convenient spot like your patio or even in your window, that you can enjoy anytime.

Herbs also have the added bonus of helping with some body afflictions - for example, mint will soothe an upset stomach, and lavendar will help to clear infected lungs. If you're into natural healing, growing your own herbs means that you've got your medicine cabinet in a pot, which beats driving to the store for the latest decongestant!

Herbs that Can be Grown in Containers

The herbs that you choose to grow will require differently-sized pots because root systems are different with each herb. If you choose to grow an herb garden, it can be a fun and attractive activity to arrange differently colored and sized pots attractively on your balcony or patio. Some people even buy pots with the name of the herbs on them as a kitschy decorative touch.

Herbs that grow well in containers include:

  • Thyme
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Marjoram
  • Lavendar
  • Parsley
  • Bay
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Tarragon
  • Chervil

Growing an Herb Garden

Herbs are relatively easy to grow; however, like all plants in containers, they need a well-drained potting mix and adequate room space to grow well. Bigger, taller plants like rosemary and sage will need at least a 10-inch pot, while smaller herbs like cilantro can live happily in a 6-inch container. One of the best things you can do is to let your herbs grow together in a planter or a single pot, creating an indoor herb garden. They create their own climate that will benefit their needs. Make sure you're constantly checking the herbs and making sure they're watered. Don't drown them, but don't let them dry out - it can be hard to revive a severely wilted herb. As with all container gardens, make sure that there is adequate drainage in the pot and soil so that your garden herbs won't rot in the containers.

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