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A SATISFYING CONVENIENCE
Have you ever been in the middle of your recipe and figured out that you were out of parsley? Or almost finished cooking your tacos and realized that you forgot to stop at the store and buy cilantro? I have and it’s so frustrating!
An easy solution is to plant your own little kitchen herb garden and have your favorite fresh herbs ready when you need them. You won’t have to worry about running out and you’ll experience the joy and satisfaction of planting and harvesting your own little crop.
I know it may sound silly, but there’s something super satisfying about walking out and picking something that you have planted and watered and nurtured then using it to cook a tasty meal.
MY HERB CHOICES
For my container herb garden, I planted the herbs that I like best and am most likely to use in my own kitchen. Feel free to change it up if your tastes are a little different or you regularly use different herbs. The whole point of this is to have the herbs that you like and use right outside your house and ready to complete your favorite recipes.
Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Chives, and Parsley are the herbs that I chose to plant.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR A ONE POT HERB GARDEN:
-Pot or Container with drainage holes. If you’re using an unconventional planter like my galvanized tub you can easily drill drainage holes into the bottom or punch out holes with a hammer and nail. Well draining soil is a must!
-Potting soil. If using your own personal mixture be sure to add in plenty of sand to help with drainage and compost for a rich soil.
-5-6 herbs of choice
-Gardening trowel, optional but nice to have
-Herb labels, optional
HOW TO PLANT YOUR CONTAINER HERB GARDEN
-Ensure that your container has good drainage holes. If not, add some before you start planting.
-Two methods: A) Fill your pot about 3/4 of the way with your soil. Next dig a hole for your first herb. Set the herb in the hole and fill around it with dirt. Repeat until all herbs are planted. Pack lightly. B) Fill your pot about 1/2 way with soil. Arrange your herbs in a pleasing manner and then fill around them with soil up to the top of the dirt level of your plants. Pack lightly.
-Place in a sunny spot and water well.
-Enjoy fresh herbs all summer long!
POTTED HERB GARDEN TIPS:
-Drainage, drainage, drainage! I can’t stress enough how important good drainage is for growing herbs, or any plant for that matter, in a pot. Drowning is a surefire way to kill your new herbs.
-Compost/worm dirt can be added for a richer soil.
-Frequent watering. Don’t let your plants dry out too much between waterings or they’ll start to wilt and droop. The biggest downside to potted plants to me is how quickly they can dry out. In the hot southern summers that may mean watering every day if it doesn’t rain. There’s a definite balancing act between good drainage and drying out.
-Plenty of sunshine. Almost all herbs thrive in full sun so make sure to give them at least 6 hours of full sun every day.
-Clip and pick your herbs often to encourage new growth and good plant formation.
-Pinch off the flowering tips of basil to keep it producing longer.
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