Top 10 herbs: Herbs in pots


Grow your own herbs
Savouring your own homegrown herbs is easy, whether your garden is a sprawling spread or an apartment window box

By Yvonne Cunnington
First published in Chatelaine’s May 2003 issue.
© Yvonne Cunnington
Herbs in pots 

Growing herbs in containers is great: they’re easier to control, you don’t need a lot of space and they’ll always be close at hand. To flourish in pots, most herbs need:

• Full sun Six hours minimum

• The right pot Find a container 25 to 30 centimetres deep with one or more drainage holes.

• Potting mix You can buy it at your garden supply store. Don’t use garden soil, although you can add some compost or manure.

• Regular watering Terra cotta containers dry out quickly and need daily watering in summer. The larger the pot, the easier it is to keep moist.

• Fertilizer Add slow-release fertilizer pellets to the top layer of soil when you plant or else add soluble fertilizer with watering once a week.

  • Intro
  • Favourite herb varieties
  • Grow, nurture, pick
  • Top 10 herbs
  Herbs in pots
  • Storing herbs
  • Herb know-how
  • Yard workout
  • Pot luck
  • Your complete gardening guide
  • Swap gardening tips in our Home + garden forum
  • Garden guru Yvonne Cunnington: April 14 to 18

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