A Beginner’s Guide to Planting Herbs in Containers


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If you’re one of those folks that likes to have plants around the house and love cooking with fresh herbs then you might consider planting some oregano and basil on your kitchen windowsill. These herbs not only taste great, they also add an aroma that is very pleasant as well. They are easy to grow too. You’ll find that you have a constant supply of fresh herbs at your fingertips when you know how to plant them properly.

The easiest way to plant herbs together for a new crop is with a trellis system. Just add a trellis system to two sides of your kitchen window or patio doors and plant the top of the trellis system with thyme, basil, mint and parsley. Then add three feet of soil and spread out the plants using your fingers gently.

An Overview

Some people like to plant their herbs outside and use a planter with containers on them. There is really no limit as far as what you can do. Simply add some soil and spread the herbs out for their best chance to thrive. Some people also like to plant mint in their garden using cuttings taken from their mint plant that was in the ground just before. Just be sure that you are planting mint seeds not pepper seeds.

Mint can be planted in the same place with thyme and basil and they will grow well together as long as the herbs are kept separate. The best way to plant them is also using a trellis system. Just add a trellis system to two sides of your kitchen window or patio doors and plant the top of the trellis system with thyme, basil, mint and parsley.

Planting Herbs In Containers

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Some herbs like oregano and cervil prefer a more humid environment. To help repel insects and promote air circulation you can stake pans of herbs on each side of your outdoor garden beds. The taller ones such as basil and oregano will be your guiding lights so they don’t get blown over by the wind. When harvesting your herb plants, pick the ones with the green tops. This will repel insects like tomatoes, which are attracted to blue-green light.

You can also grow your favorite herbs in a raised bed in the garden with pots on the bottom. This will give them a chance to get enough sun and moisture. It will also help regulate the soil, so you won’t have to water them nearly as much. Many herbs are best cultivated in partial sun but it will depend on the type of plant. Most other plants should do well with about six hours of sunlight.

Most herbs are happiest in partial shade and they do very well in a raised bed with pots on the bottom. Basil especially does well in a raised garden bed with pots on the sides. You will want to place the herb garden pots at least six to eight feet away from any electrical wires or heaters in your kitchen. Herbs also do not do well in a hot kitchen, because their roots can easily rot from being in the sun too long.

In The End

If you have a sunny window, windowsill or kitchen window you can grow herbs in these areas but make sure they have been brought out of their pots before the first frost. This will prevent problems such as freezing. Your first concern when growing herbs in containers is providing plenty of light for your herbs to grow properly. Once you have established a good growing regimen for your herbs, it will be easy to move them around to different locations.

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