If you are anything like me, you always forget to buy herbs at the store. But what if it was impossible to forget rosemary or thyme because you grew it yourself? Even if herbs aren’t a part of your regular grocery list, every meal is better with some fresh herbs, especially when you know exactly where they came from.
But how does one begin growing a one-pot herb garden? Today I will warn you of mistakes beginners usually make so that you can get the most out of your new project. Don’t get intimidated just yet; you are already on your way to successfully growing your favorite herbs.
The first thing you need to know is to avoid growing your herbs from seeds. Instead, purchase seedlings. As a beginner, you’ll be happy you took advantage of this shortcut.
Also, avoid over-watering your herbs. Make sure you have good drainage hole with whatever container you choose. If your container does not have a drainage hole, drill it yourself.
For growing your herbs in one pot, choose herbs that grow well together. For example, if you will be cooking a lot, you may want to choose herbs that are known as Mediterranean region herbs. These are great for beginners.
Mediterranean region herbs include:
- Lavender (Lavender lemonade, anyone?)
When purchasing your herb seedlings, be sure to read the label and understand which variety you are choosing. These herbs are fit to grow together because of their mutual need for a lot of sunlight and a somewhat dry, lean soil. Make sure to use a nice potting soil based on your specific herb variety.
You may want to additionally add organic compost, used coffee grounds or broken egg shells to your soil.
For 4-6 herbs, you’ll want a pot that is at least 14 inches in diameter to ensure plenty of room for growth. You can also use markers like the ones shown above.
A good example of something you may want to grow in a separate pot is parsley. This is because parsley has a shorter life than other herbs, living only two years. Also, if there is something you know you favor more than the other herbs, you may want to grow it in a separate pot so that you can grow more of it.
Maintaining Your Herb Garden
Make sure to trim/prune your plants. You will want to make the first trimmings about 3-4″ above the soil and continue to do so as they grow.
Once your plants have grown a decent amount, take the leaves from the top of them because it is what you have been pruning. Clip off just above the pair of leaves. Do not remove leaves from the bottom.
But more importantly than all of these tips, the most valuable advice for creating your herb garden is having fun with it. Although this hobby has a learning curve, it is incredibly rewarding and allows for a lot of creativity. Once you are able to master whatever herbs you decide to start with, branch out of your comfort zone and try something more challenging.
The Wee Gardener