How to Grow a Container Garden for Herbs 

Even in small spaces, growing herbs in containers is a rewarding and practical way to enjoy fresh flavours. This step-by-step instruction will get you started:  

Choose the Right Container

Size and Material: Choose containers with drainage holes. Plastic maintains moisture better than clay pots, which drain well but dry out rapidly. Depth: Most plants need 6-12 inches of soil.  

Select Your Herb

Popular herbs include basil, parsley, cilantro, thyme, rosemary, mint, oregano, and chives. Growth Habit: Consider annuals (basil) or perennials (rosemary).  

Prepare the Soil

Use a high-quality, light, well-draining potting mix. Dense garden soil should be avoided. Amendments to soil: Add compost or slow-release fertiliser for nutrients.  

Planting Your Herb

You can start from seeds or buy seedlings from a nursery. Plant seeds or seedlings according to their packets or tags, spacing them so they can grow without overcrowding.  

Watering and Maintenance

Water the soil regularly without flooding it. Most herbs like to dry between waterings. Regularly prune herbs to encourage bushy growth and prevent flowering, which bitterens the leaves.  

Sunlight and Positioning

Light: Most herbs need 6-8 hours of sunshine daily. Put containers on a south-facing window or balcony. Herbs can be grown indoors or outdoors. Install grow lights or place them near a bright window to ensure enough light indoors.  


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