Friday, April 8, 2011

Why Not Start An Herb Garden In Containers

Why not start an herb garden in pots? If you have a patio in a sunny location you can start an herbal container garden. Find beautiful pots that coordinate nicely and place them in a pleasant grouping.
Here are some tips to follow when getting started; 

Limit the amount of herbs you will plant in a container. It should depend on the size of your container. There should at least be an allowance of four inches square in between each type of herb.

Get a clean container to start. The container must allow good drainage for the herbs. Use a type of soil that is porous enough to let water easily go down to the roots.

Try to pick commercial potting mix instead of the usual garden soil. They contain minerals that can support the needs of your herbs in containers.

Check out your herbs on a regular basis, especially if they need some watering. Different herbs will have different moisture requirements.

Now some herbs to choose from, you can mix it up or if you`re looking for an herb garden with a specific purpose, you could try these groupings listed.

1. Italian Choices

People who love anything Italian can make use of the Italian selection.
Sweet basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme and the Italian parsley can perfectly grow together and respond to your Italian needs anytime.

2. Salad Bar
To vegetarians out there or people who simply enjoy salads, planting herbs like garlic chives, salad burnet, celery and rocket will be a good choice. You need not go to the market to enjoy a bowl of salad.

3. Go French
People who enjoy French cooking can also tend tarragon, parsley, sage and chervil.

4. Enjoy the Scent
Some households can make use of a lovely scent to set the mood. Lavender, lemon thyme, pineapple sage and the rose scented geranium are some of the perfect choices for a pleasant garden.

Be Sure to have fun with it! You may loose a few in the process, so just replace them, not a tragedy. We are not born with green thumbs , we develop them as we go along. Learning all the way!

Think of all the ways to use your fresh herbs. There are recipes everywhere.

I will leave you with this wonderful herbal salad recipe, why not give it a try, enjoy!

Herb Salad


1 teaspoon best-quality sherry wine vinegar 
1 teaspoon best-quality red wine vinegar 
Fine sea salt to taste 
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
Freshly ground black pepper to taste 
2 ounces fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, carefully stemmed, rinsed and dried 
2 ounces fresh chives, rinsed, dried and minced 
2 ounces fresh tarragon leaves, carefully stemmed, rinsed, dried and leaves separated 

2 ounces fresh mint, stemmed, rinsed, dried and leaves separated 


In a large, shallow bowl, whisk together the sherry and wine vinegars and salt. Whisk in the olive oil and pepper. Taste for seasoning. Add all the herb leaves and toss to evenly coat the greens with the dressing. Taste for seasoning. Serve in small portions as an accompaniment to roast chicken, or grilled or poached fish. 

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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  1. I definitely need to do some containers this year. We have heavy, clay soil and I think the containers would do better!

  2. I was just telling my hubby the other day that I wanted to grow some herbs. I'd have to do it in containers so I could bring them inside in the winter. We still have 3 feet of snow here! Thanks for the info!