Growing Herbs in Containers

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The easiest and most tasteful container gardens to grow are herbs.  While a small pun is intended, the truth is that herbs provide more than just a pretty pot full of plants.  

If you like to cook, and even if you don’t, herbs bring a lot to the table.  They take to either outdoor or indoor locations. 

Herbs are happy on the balcony or even in the boudoir.  They flourish on windowsills or window boxes. If you have space and light you can literally reap a bounty of flavor. 

When it comes to going green, nothing is more sustainable than growing your own food.  While herbs are a small contribution to your diet, they are tasty additions. 

Even in limited spaces container grown herbs can add that zest that makes your palette sing and also green up your life.


Easy Herbs for Containers

As with most plants, herbs come in annual and perennial varieties.  Annual herbs are the easiest to start from seed.  Of course, and the name implies, you will be replacing them every year.

Basil, chervil, parsley and cilantro are popular and compact enough even indoors. Mint is another popular choice, but plant it by itself because mint has a tendency to take over. 

Avoid herbs like dill and fennel.  They grow so tall they are likely to topple over.  You will want to start new seeds frequently if you harvest annual herbs often. 

Perennial varieties include herbs such as chives, rosemary, lemon balm, sage and tarragon.  All are happy to adapt to life inside when frost comes if you have had them outside for the summer. 

Just bring them inside in late September or early October. Make sure you check for any disease or insect pests. Your containers can go back out when all danger of frost is gone.

If like instant gratification and you are starting from scratch, either annual or perennial seedlings from a nursery or garden center are the easiest way to go.  Perennials take a long time to grow to harvest stage, so for these herbs transplanting is often the best route.

So, once you decide what herbs you want, the time to get started has come.  Here’s how.

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