The Essential Guide to Container Herb Gardening

What’s the next best thing if you don’t have room or time for a large garden? Container herb gardening! Let me walk you through the steps to planting your potted herbs, and offer 3 tips for continued growth and success.

WHY PLANT HERBS IN CONTAINERS OR POTS

I’ve found the best thing about container or potted herbs is that it is not overwhelming to care for them.

Weeds are non existent or minimal, they are close to our kitchen where I can remember them and you don’t need a huge area to enjoy this form of gardening.

1 – DON’T OVERWATER

Generally speaking, most herbs don’t like to be too wet. In almost every resource I came across, it said to let the soil go dry and then water. Our biggest concern with overwatering comes if the roots start to rot, then it is game over.

2 – FULL SUN

Herbs seem to love the sunshine! I’ve learned that they need at least 6-10 hours of full sun a day. Our patio is facing the West. It’s shaded most the morning and then in full sun until dawn. This spot seems to be serving them well.

3 – TRIM AND HARVEST FREQUENTLY

Herbs love a good haircut! Everywhere I read, it said the more you prune and harvest, the more the plants will produce for you.

My plants are still pretty young yet, but I’ve already been able to see more growth if I take some clippings. Each time I harvest this cilantro and parsley, it gets another burst of growth. My basil needs to get a bit taller before I start to harvest, but it should really take off once I begin.

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