If you’re starting with planting an herb garden in pots from scratch, you’ll want to ensure that you have a good supply of six-inch planting pots. This is probably the best size herb pot to use when planting an herb garden in pots.
Be different – buy a few used teapots at yard sales, swap meets, or thrift stores. Plant a few herbs in these to display in your kitchen or garden. You can also plant a few herbs in a setting of teacups as well.
When you initially buy your pot or container for your plants, be sure the container already has drain holes in it. Quality containers will sport this feature. If you decide to decorate by planting your herbs in unconventional containers, then drill several holes in the bottom to ensure proper drainage.
These holes don’t need to be large. But to ensure that the soil will not leak through these holes, fill the bottom of the container with gravel or stones. In this way, you’ll be sure that the soil won’t escape.
If you’re planning on growing these herbs indoors, keep a waterproof tray underneath your pots. As a general rule when planting an herb garden in pots, be careful not to overwater.
You can grow many seeds or small bulbs in just one of these pots, but remember the “one-inch” apart” rule with the bulbs. (All bulbs need to be at least one inch apart in order to grow healthy.)
Before you place any kind of soil – or combination of media – into these pots, line the bottom with stones and bark chips. This serves as your drainage system as well as an effective aeration mechanism.
When you do fill these pots with, don’t use just any soil. (Herbs are a bit in the “snobbish, elite” range when it comes to that!). Use a good quality soil. It should be loose as well as containing as many of the nutrients as possible that your plants will need.
When this is done, bury the seeds or small bulbs in the pots about an inch apart across the entire surface of the container.
One of the best ways of pampering your plants when planting an herb garden in pots is by providing your plants with proper ventilation. Try placing a small oscillating fan near the pots. This encourages optimum airflow and helps maintain the perfect degree of humidity.
You will be rewarded with tastier and healthier herbs when planting an herb garden in pots this way.