OH. If only you could reach through your screen and add this beautiful container herb garden to your porch or backyard!
I adore fresh herbs. I don’t adore paying for those little packets. You can get an entire plant right now, for the same price as a packet.
If you’ve never had an herb garden, they are super easy to set up, manage and maintain. Don’t let your black thumb (if you have one) scare you. Herbs are very low maintenance!
Lots of sun and water and soon…this pot will be overrun with fresh herbs for your next pasta salad, dinner or marinade!
How to Build a Container Herb Garden
- Large planter
- Nutrient rich soil
- Hand shovel
- Assorted herbs such as lemon balm, dill, basil, oregano, chives, rosemary
- Marigolds (optional)
- You want to begin by preparing your container. You want a large and roomy container that offers each plant at least 4-6 inches of its own space. Choose a size based on the number of plants you are trying to fit into the container.
- Drill holes in the bottom of the container for drainage if there are not holes already. Proper drainage is important so this isn’t a step you want to skip. If the container can’t be drilled, layer the bottom of the container with stones to help with draining.
- Fill the container with a nutrient rich soil that is loose and clump free.
- Begin by assembling your taller plants in the center of the pot. This would be plants like your dill which tend to be taller. Start filling in smaller plants and cascading plants such as rosemary a oregano around the outsides of the pot.
- Be sure you are spacing your plants with several inches between each, keeping taller plants in the center and shorter on the outsides. This will help them grow out nicely and help you avoid crowding.
- Water well and add a layer of mulch to the pot to help protect the roots from heat and also retain moisture. Place the pot in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day. Give your container garden at least 1 inch of water per week and keep the soil cool and damp between feedings.
- Optional: To help prevent pests from nibbling on your herb garden, you can add some marigolds to the outside layer of the pot. This can help animals such as chipmunks and rabbits from coming to dine, turning the container garden into an all you can eat buffet.