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Potted Herb Gardens

pebbles-herbs-container-185x185Don’t have much space? Many herbs grow beautifully in containers. Here’s everything you need to know.

Put containers anywhere there is plenty of sunshine. Your container needs six hours of sun each day. Be sure to water regularly.

Use a premium-quality potting mix. DON’T use garden soil; it can be too dense and infested with disease or nematodes. After a year, empty the old soil, which loses its original texture, into a compost pile and replace with new. In cool climates where decomposition is slower, a 2-year rotation is usually okay.

Before planting, mix timed-release fertilizer into the soil at the rate recommended on the label. Or, fertilize with Bonnie Herb and Vegetable Plant Food according to label directions.

The Container

  • Containers must have drainage holes and be large enough to accommodate the roots as they grow.
  • Put heavy pots on casters to make it easier to move them around.
  • Consider a spaghetti tube drip irrigation system if you have many pots clustered in a single place that is easy to run water to. It will make watering a breeze.

Additional Tips

  • Mulching herbs with white pebbles helps keep the foliage healthy in humid climates. The pebbles, which dry out fast, reflect light and keep the damp soil from creating even more humidity for the plants.
  • All herbs will grow in containers.
  • Combine herbs according to their shape so there is room for more than one in a pot. For example, pair upright rosemary with creeping thyme. If the pot is large enough, you can add sage or chives, too.
  • In humid climates, use pea gravel mulch in the pot to help keep leaves from rotting.

Source: Bonnie Plants