Thursday, April 14, 2011

Container Herb Garden

A herb garden that is grown in a container has many features as it allows you to transport your herbs outside during the summer and to bring them back inside when weather turns cold.  A container garden is also a good choice for the person who has limited space. If you have a small yard or if you live in an apartment that has a sunny balcony a container garden is all you need.

You can grow herbs in any type of container as herbs are not picky and will grow well in clay pots, windows boxes, wheelbarrow, terracotta or a chimney or even a vintage tin container.  Search for unique containers at garage sales, estate sales and flea markets. The possibilities are endless when it comes to planting herb container gardens.

A few years ago I had a client that collected vintage bathtubs, baby beds, mailboxes and bicycles.  She had them lying in her gardens as features.  I convinced her to allow me to use them as containers and to grow herbs in them.  I moved the bathtub close to her pond and planted lavender in it.  The vintage iron baby bed held an assortment herbs; sweet basil, sage, lemon balm, thyme, with creeping rosemary growing off the sides.  I moved the iron bed close to the patio area and set up a solar spot light to highlight the herb arrangement at night.  My client was thrilled with the herb container gardens.  

When it comes to growing herbs in containers I would suggest that you use what you have  anything that will hold soil and  allows the herb comfortable growing space will work, provided that you have water drainage holes at the bottom of the container.
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When you are ready to plant your herb container garden choose a combination of herbs that suit your needs. If you like to cook you may want to grow culinary herbs, if you like to make soaps, potpourri or natural mosquito repellents you would want to grow fragrant herbs and if you like to heal your body naturally you would grow medicinal herbs.  You can grow herbs easily from seeds or from a nursery grown plant. 

View this You Tube video to learn more about herb container gardening.



Gertie and Lori said...

I've had herb container gardens for as long as I can remember. I never bring them in though - the herbs seem to do fine wintering outside in Maryland (except rosemary - I just MAY get 2 years out of it). So, right now, my herbs are popping up on their own.

An herb container garden is also a wonderful house warming present.

Great article, Susan.

SusanG said...

Gertie and Lori: Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting. Like you I love growing herbs and you are right many of the herbs will be just fine in the winter. I bring my containers inside because I enjoy cooking with fresh herbs during the winter months. :) I agree a herb container makes a wonderful house warming gift.