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  Best Containers For Growing Herbs
  Culinary Herb Gardening
  Everyone Needs A Spaghetti Garden
  Herb garden ideas
  Ideas for a beautiful herb garden
  Organic Herbal Plants For Better Health
  Tips For Growing a Container Herb Garden
  How to grow African Marigold
  How to grow Ajowan
  How to grow Alfalfa
  How to grow Alkanet
  How to grow Aloe vera
  How to grow American Ginseng
  How to grow Angelica
  How to grow Anise
  How to grow Anise Hyssop
  How to grow Apple Mint
  How to grow Arnica
  How to grow Basil
  How to grow Bay
  How to grow Bergamot
  How to grow Betony
  How to grow Bistort
  How to grow Black Mustard
  How to grow Bog Myrtle
  How to grow Boneset
  How to grow Borage
  How to grow Caraway
  How to grow Catnip
  How to grow Chamomile
  How to grow Chervil
  How to grow Chives
  How to grow Clary
  How to grow Coltsfoot
  How to grow Comfrey
  How to grow Common Chicory
  How to grow Common Elder
  How to grow Common Foxglove
  How to grow Common Hop
  How to grow Common Juniper
  How to grow Common Larkspur
  How to grow Common Lavender
  How to grow Common Milkweed
  How to grow Common Myrtle
  How to grow Common Nettle
  How to grow Common Primrose
  How to grow Common Tansy
  How to grow Common Teasel
  How to grow Common Thyme
  How to grow Common Yarrow
  How to grow Coriander
  How to grow Corn Salad
  How to grow Corsican Mint
  How to grow Costmary
  How to grow Cotton Lavender
  How to grow Cowslip
  How to grow Cumin
  How to grow Curry Plant
  How to grow Dandelion
  How to grow Dill
  How to grow Echinacea
  How to grow Eucalyptus
  How to grow European Pennyroyal
  How to grow Evening Primrose
  How to grow Fat Hen
  How to grow Fenugreek
  How to grow Field Eryngo
  How to grow Field Poppy
  How to grow Flax
  How to grow French Marigold
  How to grow French Sorrel
  How to grow French Tarragon
  How to grow Garlic
  How to grow Garlic Chives
  How to grow Ginger
  How to grow Ginger Mint
  How to grow Globe Artichoke
  How to grow Goat's Rue
  How to grow Gobo
  How to grow Goldenrod
  How to grow Good King Henry
  How to grow Great Mullein
  How to grow Green Mint
  How to grow Heartsease
  How to grow Hemp
  How to grow Hemp Agrimony
  How to grow Herb Fennel
  How to grow Hollyhock
  How to grow Holy Basil
  How to grow Horseradish
  How to grow Hyssop
  How to grow Ice Plant
  How to grow Indian Tobacco
  How to grow Jacob's Ladder
  How to grow Lady's Bedstraw
  How to grow Lady's Mantle
  How to grow Lamb's Ears
  How to grow Leaf Celery
  How to grow Lemon Balm
  How to grow Lemon Basil
  How to grow Lemon Thyme
  How to grow Lemon Verbena
  How to grow Lesser Calamint
  How to grow Lily of the Valley
  How to grow Lovage
  How to grow Love in a Mist
  How to grow Love Lies Bleeding
  How to grow Lungwort
  How to grow Meadowsweet
  How to grow Mexican Marigold
  How to grow Mexican Tea
  How to grow Milk Thistle
  How to grow Mugwort
  How to grow Musk Mallow
  How to grow Nasturtium
  How to grow Opium Poppy
  How to grow Oregano
  How to grow Parsley
  How to grow Peppermint
  How to grow Poached Egg Plant
  How to grow Pot Marigold
  How to grow Pot Marjoram
  How to grow Prince's Feather
  How to grow Prostrate Rosemary
  How to grow Pyrethrum
  How to grow Ramsons
  How to grow Roman Coriander
  How to grow Rosemary
  How to grow Rue
  How to grow Russian Comfrey
  How to grow Safflower
  How to grow Saffron
  How to grow Sage
  How to grow Salad Burnet
  How to grow Salad Rocket
  How to grow Scented Solomon's Seal
  How to grow Sea Holly
  How to grow Self Heal
  How to grow Sesame
  How to grow Soapwort
  How to grow Southernwood
  How to grow St Benedict's Thistle
  How to grow St John's Wort
  How to grow Summer Purslane
  How to grow Summer Savory
  How to grow Sunflower
  How to grow Sweet Cicely (European)
  How to grow Sweet Joe Pye Weed
  How to grow Sweet Marjoram
  How to grow Sweet Violet
  How to grow Sweet Woodruff
  How to grow Thai Basil
  How to grow Thorn Apple
  How to grow Tormentil
  How to grow Valerian
  How to grow Vervain
  How to grow Viper's Bugloss
  How to grow Watercress
  How to grow Welsh Onion
  How to grow White Deadnettle
  How to grow White Horehound
  How to grow White Mustard
  How to grow Wild Feverfew
  How to grow Wild Strawberry
  How to grow Winter Purslane
  How to grow Winter Savory
  How to grow Witch Hazel
  How to grow Woad
  How to grow Woolly Foxglove
  How to grow Wormwood
  How to grow Yellow Melilot

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Tips For Growing a Container Herb Garden


Planting a container herb garden provides advantages that cannot be achieved through growing herbs in your garden. Container herb gardening provides the mobility necessary to protect your herbs from harsh outdoor weather and seasonal conditions, as well as predatory animals and insects. You will enjoy cultivating your herbs year-round in a more stable and forgiving environment than can be achieved through outdoor planting.

But potting herbs in a container is not an easy task. You have to spend a bit more time making sure the soil has the right amount of water and that the container receives the right amount of sunlight for your plants.

Many herbs are not picky about the pots that they are grown in and this is fortunate for those of us starting a herb container garden. Basil and rosemary can be grown in an old, chipped teapot or an empty coffee can. Thyme can grow in a small terracotta clay pot. Other herbs that love containers are dill, mint, sage and lavender.

The most important item to consider are your seeds; seeds must be of good quality and in good condition- remember like any organic substance they are subject to decay. Airborne spores may also contaminate seeds, and oxygen reacts with compounds in the seed. Safeguard against problems with your seeds by following the freshness dates on packages and avoid using any damp packages.

It is very important to select the best locations for your container herb garden. To choose the best location, you need to find out what type of exposure the plant will need. While some do very well in partial shade, other plants need much more sun. For example, Basil requires warm soil in addition to dry air and is sensitive to the cold. If you choose to grow the plant indoors, it will need to be close to a window to get enough light, but be cautious not to put it near a frosty window in the winter.

When choosing where to place your plants, keep in mind that in the Northern Hemisphere, sunlight enters in at an angle more from the south. Therefore, plants that need a lot of sun will benefit from being placed where they will have southern exposure. For the plants that need partial shade should be placed on the northern side or you can position them in an area away from the window that is more shady.

It is just essential to prepare the soil with a proper mix of sand and clay. In order to keep it at the most suitable moisture content as much as possible, specially in a container, it is advisable also to apply clay chips, although it may perform its job so well by absorbing and holding water for longer periods than what is necessary.

It is important to water the correct way. Container plants commonly develop a problem called root rot from too much moisture. Some plants like to be wet constantly, but most herbs prefer a dryer soil. Sage, for example, likes a dry soil, whereas peppermint likes it moist.

Remember that to be moist is not to be soaked. Moist soil should feel springy, while dry soil is hard. Next, you can use a toothpick or a moisture gauge to stick in the soil. When you remove the toothpick you will be able to tell if the soil is wet or dry. The gauge's reading will be more useful and more precise, though.

Some thoughtful planning prior to planting, will enable you to have a container herb garden that is easier to grow and maintain.

You can learn more about all types of herbs as well as learn about growing a container herb garden at where you will get basic tips for growing herbs both indoors and out.

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