Growing a Container Herb Garden

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Growing a Container Herb Garden

Everyone can grow a container herb garden.

You can enjoy a beautiful, fragrant container herb garden whether you live in a condo or apartment in the city, or you have a large yard in the suburbs.

Growing herbs in containers is a great way to get started for new gardeners. Herbs are great for container gardens because they grow easily in containers and can thrive indoors and out. Herbs are basically a low-maintenance plant that can thrive in less than perfect conditions. Once the new herb gardener knows a few basics to growing herbs, you can pretty much be assured you will have success.

One advantage to a container herb garden is you don’t need any special soil or plant goods. The main thing you need to know is herbs like well drained soil. Use a potting soil with perlite or mix in a little sand and your herbs will be happy. Be sure to keep them moist but don’t over-water. You also need to be sure you do not over fertilize your herbs. They like some nourishment but not too much.

The other requirement for herb gardens is plenty of sun. You need to plan your container herb garden in an area that gets about 8 hours of sun a day. For the indoor garden this means a southern or western facing window. For outdoors, avoid tall trees or shade from your house or other large structures.
The wonderful thing about a container herb garden is it can be enjoyed anywhere you have sun. A city balcony can become a beautiful garden where even in the middle of a city you can enjoy the beautiful views and smells of nature.

For those with large yards, herbs can be grown in pots and placed anywhere as beautiful accents to your yard, patio or existing garden. In fact, herbs can be used as companion plants to many vegetables creating a natural pest control for an organic garden.

For those who like to cook with fresh herbs, a container herb garden based on a theme, for instance an Italian herb or French herb garden, can be placed in a sunny spot near the kitchen. This makes picking a few fresh herbs to add to dinner quick and convenient.

Container herb gardens are also a good choice for those who enjoy herbal teas or medicinal herbs. Herb pots can be placed outside in the summer and brought in for enjoyment in the winter.

Another advantage to a growing herbs in pots is your ability to be creative with your containers. You can choose any pot that goes well with your garden and can add a beautiful accent to your yard, deck and patio. Tea Gardens can be planted in tea pot containers for an easy way to dress up your garden. Use your imagination when choosing herb pots and containers because you can find a wide variety of planters today. They don’t have to be expensive either. Look for garden containers at flea markets and thrift stores or garage sales. Sometimes all a garden container needs is a new coat of paint.

If you haven’t started one yet, try growing your own container herb garden this year and enjoy a beautiful part of nature.

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