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  Best Containers For Growing Herbs
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  Everyone Needs A Spaghetti Garden
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  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
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  How to grow Lungwort
  How to grow Meadowsweet
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  How to grow Milk Thistle
  How to grow Mugwort
  How to grow Musk Mallow
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  How to grow Oregano
  How to grow Parsley
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  How to grow Poached Egg Plant
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  How to grow Roman Coriander
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  How to grow Russian Comfrey
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Best Containers For Growing Herbs


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The best containers for growing herbs are those that support the needs of the plants. For example, herbs like borage, lavender, rosemary, and thyme like a dry soil. The container of choice for herbs like these is clay because it is porous and allows moisture to evaporate quickly. Terra cotta works as well, is a more natural color and well-suited to the greenery in your garden - but is more expensive.

If you live in an area where midday temperatures are high, dark-colored pots are better than light ones. Light ones allow roots to absorb light, which stunts plant growth.

Plastic containers are also suitable for growing herbs. These containers are less expensive; are durable and lightweight; and come in many sizes, colors, and designs, some with built-in saucers. Plastic pots work well for plants that love moisture because plastic loses water slower than clay, and soil temperature varies less.

These are not your only options. You can use pots and planters made of wood such as teak, cedar and redwood. Or, for a touch of class, try marble or granite. Concrete pots also work well, and look good once they start to age.

One of the most important considerations in choosing containers is size. Beginning gardeners often pick pots that are too small, and wonder why their once-healthy plant gets the droops and is on its way to herb heaven. If this is what's happening to your herbs, transplant them to a bigger pot, or divide the plant into two pots.

Liven up your patio with pots and planters. They add color and decoration as well as supply herbs for the cook. Ceramic planters come in a variety of colors, designs, and textures so you have a wide choice.

If you have an empty kitchen windowsill, you can grow most of the Mediterranean herbs right in your kitchen. Just install a windowsill planter, choose herbs that share similar light and water requirements, and you've got not only herbs readily available, but decoration too.

Some herb gardeners like to create a theme, limited only by their imagination. If you are growing herbs to make tea for example, use oversized tea pots to plant them in. Or, for the early Americana look, use old wooden barrels, tubs, wheel barrows, and anything else that appeals to your taste.

Finally, choose pots that you like and your plants like. Make sure the pots have drainage holes and sit back and enjoy the results of your efforts!

Our names are John Schepper and Maggie Guscott and we've been herb garden enthusiasts for many years. To learn more about herb garden plants as well as other great tips on how to create a beautiful herb garden, check out our free 10-part mini-eCourse Herb Gardening 4 Beginners here [http://www.herbgarden4beginners.com] Main Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net






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