Most garden herbs also make for excellent container garden plants. Here are various reasons why:
- Herbs are small, and you can plant even the bigger ones in small pots.
- Herbs that originate from hot climates generally develop powerful smells and flavors when kept in poor or dry soil. This happens if you fail to water daily and fertilize the container’s soil. This means that herbs are more likely to thrive in a moist container than in an open garden, where moisture content is not always guaranteed.
- Culinary herbs can be grown in small numbers and can be very useful for dressing dishes.
- Garden herbs can have a genuine therapeutic effect on your neighborhood, especially if you’re feeling a little low or depressed (COVID has been hard on most of us.)
- Most herbs also grow beautiful flowers during specific seasons for you to savor.
In making container herb gardens, they must be placed in a region that’s near direct sunlight. This is because most herbs are sun plants and require moist soil and direct sunlight regularly.
In readying boxes (containers), you are free to choose any size or shape you like, provided they are suitable for the kind of plants you wish to cultivate. You can also either develop different types of herbs in individual pots, or you can try planting various plants in one large container. Either way, it’s your call, and your own situation and resources will determine the number and quality of herbs that you would enjoy in the end.
However, regardless of which kind of vessels you choose, you will still need to put holes at their base to allow excess water to exit. Like other plants, herbs are not meant to be stored in standing water. So before you start using a particular box or a vessel, be sure to drill some holes at its base area.
Different Types of Container Garden Herbs
Garden herbs are grouped in accordance with their sizes. The most common of these are small-sized herbs, which include thyme, basil, oregano, and chives. These herbs can be grown without too much maintenance and are especially suitable for first-time growers.
Next are my favorite medium-sized herbs. Although they can first be cultivated in small containers, you should move them to pots no smaller than 8 inches once they mature. A few great examples of medium-sized herbs include marjoram, parsley, mint, sage, and lemon balm. These plants proliferate and can grow relatively tall when they reach full volume in the case of lovely parsley.
Finally, let’s talk about large herbs. These herbs can enjoy bush-like proportions. An excellent example of this is the bay laurel, which is a small tree. Although large herbs are much more limited than their smaller counterparts, they do live. Of course, given their large size, these plants need large containers if they are to evolve.
The last tip that I want to talk about – growing herbs has its’ limitations for people living in low temperatures. Most of the herbs are sensitive to low temperatures, for example, Basil, which is extra sensitive to frost. Its’ roots will freeze if you expose them to extra cold. So, keep them closer to sunlight and moist the soil always. However, if you live in colder places, you must keep your herbs inside at all times to avoid disappointment.