Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Growing Herbs in Containers

Cathy Brewer is an experienced gardener who just loves herbs ( and in fact, all types of gardening). She recently wrote the following article about Growing Herbs in Containers. This article and more herb gardening information can be found right HERE at I have made some comments in italics.

"Even the beginner gardener can grow a few herbs in containers. It's a very cost effective way to start your own Home Herb Garden. It is also very rewarding to see and use your own home-grown produce knowing that it is healthy and free from pesticides.

Growing your herbs in containers not only looks great but is very practical, as your herbs will be handy for you to use but also will create an interesting display in your courtyard or patio area. (One interest I had in posting this article is that herbs can also be grown very well in containers indoors in Skillin's Country in the winter time. Lots of sunlight needed!)

Where space is at a premium in cities there is usually no more than a terrace, balcony or a small yard, so container gardening is ideal as it is the only way to grow a few fresh herbs and other plants. Growing Herbs in Pots provides a way of softening the landscape and bringing the garden to your door, capturing the richness of the passing seasons.

The type of container you use will vary with different materials, shapes and textures, from plastic pots and terracotta to any container you have. All that your container requires is drainage holes and a good soil blend. (We recommend using all natural Bar Harbor Blend potting mix by Coast of Maine--it is terrific!) Half barrels are a good size to group a variety of herbs. Ugly containers can be hidden amongst foliage or tucked behind more glamorous pots. Using containers of the same color and style can look effective with different herbs planted in each.

Container size is important as they must be big enough to hold enough potting mix for the plants to root securely and to supply enough moisture and nutrients to maintain growth, with holes for drainage. It is no use planting a bay tree in a 6 inch pot as it needs more soil to grow well as it will grow into a big tree.

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