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.
- 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.