Home > Great Big Greenhouse Blog > May 2017 > IN THE GARDEN with DOUG - GROWING HERBS IN CONTAINERS


Container gardening continues to be a very popular gardening trend.  A couple reasons for its popularity are that container gardens add unique interest to any landscape.  And, secondly, container gardening allows individuals to grow plants out of the ground, such as on patio, deck, or porches.   And, growing herbs in containers is very easy and very popular.
                Sure, you can get fresh herbs from most grocery stores, but why not grow your own?  You’ll have an endless supply of herbs and you will have the pleasure of growing them yourself!
                Here are some of my suggestions for planning a container herb garden and being successful.
  1.  Location -  most all herbs need to receive a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight in order to thrive.
  2. Soil  -  a “potting mix” is the proper soil for containers.  Potting mix is mostly organic matter like composted plants and peat, is lighter and gives container gardens the best texture for root development and good drainage.  I recommend using the ESPOMA POTTING MIX with container gardens.
  3. Container size  -  In my opinion, this is the first decision to be made.  The size of the container will dictate the amount of herbs to be paired in the container.  It’s important to make sure you are planting herbs with similar needs in the same container.
  4. Watering  -  Watering is important but remember:  herbs don’t like wet soil.  Containers can offer better drainage.  This is the main reason why I grow my herbs in containers.  I have rosemary, oregano, sage, chives, thyme – all in their separate containers.  These perennial herbs have been around for a few years now. 
  5. Harvesting  -  Harvesting the leaves often.  This keeps the plants from blooming and keeps them producing more leaves.  Take off the oldest stems first.
Now that it is mid-May, it is safe to plant herbs in containers.  Even the popular annual herb, Basil, is grown successfully in containers.  Have fun!!
                                HAPPY GARDENING!!!!
Posted: 5/10/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 1 comment(s)
Hi Doug,
I am curious to know how you handle the containers getting heated up in the sun. I know if the soil gets too hot it can kill the plant... so how does one avoid that when these plants need sunlight? Thanks-
5/11/2017 8:03:14 PM

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