Don’t have much space? Many herbs grow beautifully in containers. Here’s everything you need to know.
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.
All herbs will grow in containers.
Combine herbs according to their shape so there is room for more than one in a pot. For example, pair upright rosemary with creeping thyme. If the pot is large enough, you can add sage or chives, too.
A large strawberry jar is a perfect vessel for compact herbs that you only use a pinch at a time. These include mint, oregano, thyme, sage, and rosemary (in the top of the jar). See our article, Herbs Well Suited to A Strawberry Jar, in the container gardening section of the Gardening Library.
In humid climates, use pea gravel mulch in the pot to help keep leaves from rotting.