This will be the third year I have had my own container herb garden, and let me tell you, I’m a huge fan. They take very little work and give you tasty herbs all season long for the same price you would have paid at the store buying a pack of herbs that will die before you use them all. That’s a score in my book.
They aren’t all fun and games…you have to be careful not to water them too much or too little, not to let critters like squirrels get to them, cut them back when they get tall, and most importantly, guys, don’t rape your tiny herb plant for all the herbs it’s worth in one sitting, because it will die. And if you let your drunk chef friends anywhere near this herb garden, they will do just that. Right, Matt?
I always start with a wide pot that has ample drainage holes in the bottom, and organic potting soil. First, place a little soil in the bottom of the pot. Then, you place the herbs (I’m using transplants) into the pot in roughly the position you think you want to plant them.
When you have the positions determined, actually place the herbs in the pot, and top with more soil.
When you put soil in around the herbs, don’t press down really hard, otherwise it will be difficult for water to drain properly. I always put just a bit more soil on top so you can’t see the original soil the herb was planted in.
I like to water my herbs once or twice a week, unless it is particularly rainy that week. Be sure to cut down the herbs when they start getting taller, so new ones will grow back and the plant won’t die.
Oh, and sometimes, it helps to read the fine print before planting.
Now, I’m no professional gardener, or even an avid home gardener, but I hope to become one, so stick with me as I show you my tiny but proud green thumb over the next year.