Spring Garden Project: Herb Container Garden

Posted by: on March 30th, 2012 | 15 Comments
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Container herb gardening works great for those who like to spend most of their time in the kitchen—or anyone who wants to add invigorating aroma and color to their outdoor space. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create your own herb container garden—and check out our downloadable Herb Container Garden recipe card from the Garden Club. Need more inspiration? Take a look at our Herb Container Garden how-to video.

Here’s what you’ll need for the herb container garden:

Herb Seeds/Plants (see instructions below)
Lightweight Pots in Various Shapes and Sizes
Potting Mix


Consider a Container for Mobility.
Most herbs need five hours of full midday sun to produce the best flavor and growth. They can be planted indoors in containers, then moved outside when it warms up.


Select Your Herbs.
Consider separate containers for each herb species. If you plant your herb garden in one large container, group herbs with similar growing requirements for more efficient plant care.

Plant Your Herbs.
Transfer your plants to their containers according to the package directions.

Be Soil Savvy.
For herb container gardens, choose a light potting soil with a high sand content to ensure good drainage. An organic fertilizer will add nutrients and encourage growth.

Water Properly.
Don’t over water herb container garden, and do encourage proper drainage. Wait until the soil is dry down to a depth of approximately ½ inch, then water thoroughly until soil is moist.

We have a handy page online that collects all the materials you need for this herb container garden, or visit your local Home Depot store.

Check out other garden projects here on The Apron Blog. And be sure to sign up for The Home Depot’s Garden Club, where you can get special offers, discounts and expert advice. Also, join the conversation about herb container gardening on our forums

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  1. vicky thomas says:

    I’ve been looking for lemon grass and thought it was a herb. Am I wrong? Has anyone seen it around Jacksonville, Ill?

    • Hi Vicky,
      I’m so glad you asked–I’ve got some in my fridge right now. It isn’t an herb, but a long, thick stalk of grass! The gorgeous plant thrives in tropical parts of the world, so you might not have luck growing it in the U.S. I picked up some stalks at an Asian market and threw it in a coconut soup. Have you ever grown lemon basil? While it’s definitely not the same, its got a great citrus quality.
      Good luck!

  2. Tonia says:

    i have a problem with ANTS and EARWIGS…anyone have any natural ideas to keep them from eating up my plants??? thanks!

  3. Sonia says:

    I’ve been meaning to start an herb garden but I’m afraid of the rabbits getting into it. What do you suggest? Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. Chris Page says:

    Lois: If you’re having problems with japanese beetles or grasshoppers, boil some garlic cloves in water and spray the plants liberally with the garlic water.

  5. MsVEONJ says:

    Ladies, I have used pots especially clay ones in years past for my herbs and the past two years I have found something even more useful. Raised cedar gardens. They are fabulous and you can grow all of your herbs in them. You don’t need many even one raised garden box will reap you Basil, Cilantro, Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary, Sage, Stevia, Thyme, Dill, Chives, etc. Plant them now and believe me you will be gathering your fresh herbs all summer and well into the fall season. I have also placed decorative red rock and red mulch around the box which keeps moisture when watering and the rain and also keeps many insects away from the box. My husband has also built a tressle around the box for covering if the evenings get chilly. Now, of course we also have 7 raised boxes for all of our vegetables as well. The pots work well for small areas but if you have the space try the cedar raised boxes from Home Depot. You’ll love the experience and love your herbs that are being grown from your hands. Note: if you have kids they will love helping you grow the herbs as well.

  6. Jessica Oester says:

    Is it better to grow herbs in containers instead of creating an herb garden? It seems like I see a lot of herbs in pots rather than in the ground.

  7. Oh no, Lois! I’d definitely check in with the Home Depot’s awesome certified nursery consultants. You can head into a store near you or head to our forums to ask away. http://community.homedepot.com/t5/Plants-Vegetables/bd-p/plants_vegetables

  8. Lois dyess says:

    I bought basil and something in my garden is eating holes in it. I told my neighbor who came over and sprayed it with sevin spray. Can I still eat them now?

    • Lois: You may consume vegetables and herbs after using Sevin dust or spray. Just make sure to wash them before you eat them. I keep my veggie plants covered in Sevin dust at all times as a preventative, then simply rinse before eating. Hope this helps.