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I grow all my perennial herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, oregano, mint, chives, tarragon, sage, and parsley in various types of containers and there is nothing more gratifying then going out and picking fresh herbs year round – not to mention the money saved.  And, during the warmer months, I will grow basil and a couple other annual herbs.

Here are a few guidelines to follow to insure success:


First, select a container that is large enough and has drainage holes.  The choice of container is limited only by your imagination.  My herbs are grown in clay pots, plastic pots, cast iron cauldron, glazed pot, and a wood barrel.


Secondly, herbs need well draining soil.  I use a combination of a good quality potting soil mixed with mushroom compost.


Thirdly, if you decide to grow a combination of herbs in the same container be sure these herbs have the same light and moisture requirements.  Most herbs require a half day of sun or more.


Fourthly, herbs require little fertilizing.  I stay organic with my fertilizer by using fish emulsion.


Finally, herbs like to dry out between watering.  You need to realize that container gardens dry out faster than in ground plantings.


Whether you live in an apartment, condo, or house, you, too, can grow herbs year round in containers.  All you need is a sunny spot on a balcony, deck, porch, or patio.  Or, in my case, a driveway.


Bon appetite

Posted: 4/30/2013 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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