Do you like to use fresh herbs in your cooking? I do…especially basil.
What I don’t like is having to pay for them in my local supermarket. It can be hard to find fresh herbs in that look good and they can be awfully expensive.
So this year, I decided to plant some of my favorite herbs in a container. That way, I can just step outside my kitchen door and pick my herbs fresh off the plant.
It is very easy to create your own herb container:
1. Place your container in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sun a day. Herbs love the sun and won’t do well in shade.
2. Fill your container with planting mix, which is specially formulated for growing plants in containers. It is light in texture, sterile and holds just the right amount of water, helping to keep plants from becoming waterlogged.
3. Add a slow-release fertilizer to the soil before planting. The fertilizer will slowly release nutrients over 3 – 4 months. You don’t need to apply any fertilizer after this. Herbs do NOT like to too much fertilizer – it causes them to grow larger leaves with less oils, which is what makes them flavorful.
4. Plant your herbs.
5. After planting, water well. Herbs don’t like to be over-watered. To check when they need water, simply stick your finger into the soil to 1″. If the soil is moist, then you don’t need to water. If it is dry, then you need to water your container deeply. **Herbs don’t like to get wet, so take care when watering to keep the leaves dry.
So, if you would like fresh herbs as close as your back door, create your own herb container today!