How to Grow a Container Garden for Herbs 

Herb container gardens are a convenient and satisfying way to have fresh herbs at your fingertips, even with limited space. How to begin:  

Choose waterlogging-proof containers at least 6-8 inches deep with drainage holes. Ceramic, terra cotta, or plastic pots work for herb gardens.  

1. Selecting Containers

Choose herbs you use often in cooking and appreciate. Basil, parsley, cilantro, mint, thyme, rosemary, oregano, and chives makes good container herb gardens.  

2. Choosing Herbs

Use a good, well-draining potting mix for container herbs. Garden soil may compress in containers and inhibit root growth. Add compost or old manure for nutrients.  

3. Potting Mix

Space herbs 6-12 inches apart in the container, depending on their size. Carefully remove the roots before planting and water thoroughly.  

4. Planting

Place herb containers in a sunny spot for 6-8 hours every day. Herbs prefer full light, but they can tolerate shade in hot areas.  

5. Sunlight

If the top inch of soil seems dry, water herbs since they need consistency. Avoid overwatering to prevent root rot. Watering deeply and less often is preferable than daily superficial watering.  

6. Watering

Container herbs benefit from occasional balanced fertiliser treatment during the growing season. Dilute liquid fertiliser to half strength every 4-6 weeks or add slow-release granular fertiliser to the potting mix.  

7. Fertilizing

Regularly gather herbs to promote bushy growth and extend harvesting. As needed, clip or pinch leaves or stems, avoiding removing more than one-third of the plant.  

8. Harvesting

Aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies should be monitored and treated with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Effective spacing, air circulation, and avoiding overhead watering can prevent fungal diseases.  

9. Pest and Disease Control

Move container herbs indoors before the first frost and place them in a sunny window. Reduce winter watering and prune leggy growth.  

10. Winter Care

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