Gardening

Growing Herbs in Containers

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Don’t have much space? Many herbs grow beautifully in containers. Here’s everything you need to know.

Containers Prevent Constrainment

  • Put containers anywhere there is a source of water and plenty of sunshine.
  • For anyone in wheelchair or who has trouble bending over, a large pot is the next best thing to a raised bed.
  • Your container needs six hours of sun each day.
  • Use a premium-quality potting mix like Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix. DON’T use garden soil; it can be too dense and infested with disease or nematodes. After a year, empty the old soil, which may begin to lose its original texture, into a compost pile and replace with new. In cool climates where decomposition is slower, a 2-year rotation is usually okay.
  • Before planting, mix a continuous-release fertilizer, such as Miracle-Gro® Shake ‘n Feed® Tomato, Fruit & Vegetable Plant Food, into the soil at the rate recommended on the label. Or, fertilize with Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Tomato, Fruits & Vegetables Plant Food according to label directions.

The Container

  • Containers must have drainage holes and be large enough to accommodate the roots as they grow.
  • Put heavy pots on casters to make it easier to move them around.
  • Consider a spaghetti tube drip irrigation system if you have many pots clustered in a single place that is easy to run water to. It will make watering a breeze.
You can grow one herb in each container for a simple design
In this lovely collection of containers, each pot is growing one type of herb, including rosemary, thyme, cilantro, and chives. This is a simple and classic design technique.
Many herbs require drier soil and lower humidity. Pebble mulch helps accomplish these conditions.
Mulching herbs with white pebbles helps keep the foliage healthy in humid climates. The pebbles, which dry out fast, reflect light and keep the damp soil from creating even more humidity for the plants.
Herbs in Containers: pot of mint on stone gate post
A beautiful pot of mint adds edible allure to this gateway.