How to Make an Awesome Herb Garden in 10 Minutes
Container gardening is a quick and easy way to experiment with your green thumb. I love my bright, colorful flowers as a decorative element. I also think container gardens can be functional. An Herb Garden is a great fit. Once I had my supplies, it took less than 10 minutes to put my Herb Garden together.
Pick Your Container
Just about any type of container will work as long as it drains well. Be creative with your container choice so that it fits with your style. Terra-cotta pots are a popular choice because have a natural wicking ability. Anything will work well if it has enough holes and it drains well.
Choose the right size container. A container that is too small will cause your plants to get root bound. A container that is too big will cause the plants to spend all their time on root production. Start with the right size container and remember as the plants grow, you wIll be using the herbs. If the herbs start to outgrow the container, you can create additional Herb Gardens with the growth or transplant the Herbs to a larger container.
Pick Your Soil
When you grow plants in containers, it’s really important to have a good potting soil. You want to make sure that it is something that will drain well. If you expect your plants to do well, you can’t just dig up a pile of dirt from your backyard and call it a day. I had some organic potting soil left over from when I planted the Pansies in my flower box earlier this spring. Although the greenhouse is my go to for plants, I usually pick up potting soil at a great price at Ocean State Job Lot.
Pick Your Herbs
I picked Herbs that grow well and I personally love to use in my cooking. I chose Basil, Oregano, Sage, Rosemary, and Chives. I also love the varying color, texture and look of the plants and thought they would be visually appealing together. Functional can still be pretty.
Here are some herbs to try in your garden: Sage, Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley, Chives, Lemon Balm, Mint, Oregano, Cilantro, and Tarragon.
Put it All Together
Put a good amount of soil in the bottom of the container and start arranging your Herbs. I put the taller Herbs in the back and the smaller and “draping” Herbs in the front of the container.
Once all the Herbs are in the container add more soil and adjust the plants as needed. Water your new garden. Container Gardens tend to dry out more quickly than a traditional garden so check the watering requirements for the Herbs that you’ve chosen and water accordingly.
Check the sunlight requirements for the Herbs that you’ve chosen and place it in the perfect spot on your porch or deck. Since this is a functional garden, put it in a place with easy access so that you can pick the Herbs you need when you’re ready to cook.
I love my new Herb Garden. Not only is it functional and pretty to look at but it is fragrant as well. Now that you know how to set up a Container Herb Garden, give it a try. You’ll be one step closer to living the Simple Life you desire.