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building a potted herb garden: weekend project

by dig the dirt editor

How better to really enjoy herbs than to pot up an herb garden that you can set on your patio, porch, or outdoor dining table. Not only will it bring amazing aromas to your patio, but it will also spice up the kitchen!

 

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Herbs are such flavorful and fragrant plants, that you want to get up close and personal with them. Clip their leaves for cooking, tousle their foliage to release their scents, and enjoy their abundant shapes, sizes, and textures. How better to really enjoy herbs than to pot up an herb garden that you can set on your patio, porch, or outdoor dining table.

 

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BUILD A POTTED HERB GARDEN:


1. Prepare for planting! You can use any size container for your garden. We’ve selected a rounded terra cotta pot with a large drain hole. Make sure your pot has adequate drainage because most herbs are from hot, dry locations, and don’t take kindly to wet feet. Place a pot shard or rock over the hole to stop soil from washing out after watering.

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2. Add soil. Fill the container with soil. Use a good-quality potting soil, made especially for containers. These soil mixes are formulated to have water-holding components, such as sphagnum peat moss, that will help your herbs from drying out in the container.

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3. Create a planting plan. While still in their pots, set the herbs on top of the soil to determine the best planting scheme. Low-growing or trailing plants are best planted at the edges of the pot while tall, upright growers will look best in the center.

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4. Dig in! With a narrow trowel or your hands, make a hole for each herb plant. (Gently press the soil around the base of each plant, making sure to eliminate air pockets around the roots.) Water generously (especially if using terra cotta, which absorbs water).

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Herbs, potted herbs, kitchen gardening, Thyme, Basil, Oregano

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