Growing Herbs in Pots

Container herb gardening or growing herbs in pots, indoors is a viable solution if you have a limited space. Herbs are very tolerant to indoor temperature, warmth and moderate water requirements. They provide many benefits in addition to culinary delights and flavours. Flowering herb like calendula has very pleasing visual appearance and is used in homeopathy medicines. Most herbs are pest resistant and serve as companion plants to many flowers and vegetables by deterring pests.

Growing herbs in pots is easy and convenient. Almost all of the herbs can be grown indoors in pots. The advantage of having the herbs in pots is portability, the pots can be moved to sunny locations in order to escape frost in cold environments. The temperature can be regulated indoors and controlled in a green house with glow-lights.

A sunny window sill, a balcony or a patio can be utilized efficiently by elevating and stacking pots vertically. The hanging baskets can be arranged in an aesthetic cascading manner at different heights and painted with bright colours to match the natural hues of herbs and create room for growth.

Unglazed clay flower pots and terra cotta jars are well suited to grow herbs. While preparing your pots, provide holes at the bottom for drainage. It is a good idea to add a layer of small gravel or pot shards. Most herbs do not like rich soil and prefer loam with sand. You can plant four to five different herbs in harmony in a single ten by 12 feet pot. Form a complimentary arrangement with chives or garlic in the centre with tall thin blades and herbs with broader leaves at the outside. Growing herbs in pots gives magnificent look with the choice of terra cotta and clay pots.

Potting soil is a mixture of peat moss, perlite, vermiculite and compost. It is specially formulated to ensure water retention and easy drainage in pots and containers. You can find this product easily in the market under the names starting mix, potting mix or transplanting mix. The ground rule for buying potting soil is to give priority to soil mix that are light-weight and devoid of chemical fertilizers. It is best to use home-grown compost or organic compost from nursery garden. Mixing and preparing potting soil for growing herbs in pots is not tedious and can be easily prepared.

Transplanting herbs from the nursery to your container garden has to be done with care so that the plant recovers from the shock. Do not forget to add the organic compost to the loam if you are using loam. Use water sprinkler instead of a strong spray from a hose for watering plants. The soil should look damp which means the moisture is adequate.

It is important to consider replacing the herbs as they get older when their best years may have already passed by. For example, lavender should be replaced after about six years and thyme approximately after three years. The zonal climate will play an important role in nourishment of the perennials. While herbs that are accustomed to warmer climate may require protection from frost during winter, many others may become dormant. The roots will be alive and the plant will spring in action by spring and early summer to your surprise and delight. In nutshell, growing herbs in pots is fun and best if you are short of space.

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