Container gardening makes it feasible for apartment dwellers to grow an herb garden. First floor gardeners can design a patio garden for the herb containers, and people who reside above ground can set them up on the balcony. You just want to ensure they are located in a place that will get plenty of sunlight. Even if you do not have private patios or balconies, herbs do not require large pots, so you could set them in a window facing the sun, such as a kitchen window. On the upside, you can easily re-arrange your garden whenever you please. You can rotate the containers depending on what is in season. Your possibilities when it comes to your garden design are numerous!
Get creative and stylish with your garden. Choose vibrant-colored pots or purchase plain ones if you want to decorate them yourself. You could use acrylic paints, spray paint, decoupage or other decorative additions. This could even be a family project to involve your children or family members in. It’s a great way to peak a child’s curiosity and teach them about gardening and different herb plants. Trendy patterns include stripes, polka dots, chevron or limitless designs available for decoupage. You can also design your own plant markers. Upcycle old spoons and stamp herb names onto them, draw names onto large pebbles or make them from polymer clay.
Choose herbs that are suited for container gardening. Popular herbs that do well in pots include rosemary, thyme, paisley, cornflower, basil, chives, lavender, tarragon and sage. There aren’t many herbs that won’t grow well in containers, as they aren’t large plants. Make sure you have the right sized pot, a place with plenty of sunlight (preferably 8 hours or more) and avoid using fertilizer. If you have issues with finding adequate sunlight for your plants, consider an indoor grow light. These are more expensive than regular lighting, but can be worth the investment if your options are limited.
Choose a good-quality potting mix. Look for mix that is light and fluffy. Fluffy mix will hold moisture well, giving herbs the perfect blend of moisture, air, rooting and nutrients. Herb roots need both air and water in order to grow properly. A potting mix that is too soggy or too dense will stunt herb growth or even kill them. A high-quality potting mix is vital to your gardening success.
It is important to keep in mind that the herb’s root temperature in a pot will be different than if it were being grown in the ground. During the summer, warmer temperatures during the day can cause herb roots in pots to go up by 15 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This is not an issue when the roots are 4 inches or more below ground. Dark herb pots can accrue solar heat, which only increases the heating effect. Warmer roots can be an aid or a hindrance, depending on what season it is and what herb you are growing.