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:
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.
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.
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