Growing your own herbs – container gardening
We have been experimenting with growing herbs in a pot on our porch, they were in fact the first addition to our container garden. Lately it has been flourishing and we are enjoying using them in our food daily. I would definitely recommend growing your own herbs. It does not take a lot of space and they are delicious to use fresh in food.
We started with a pot that you hook over the edge of the porch railing, so firstly that is great as it hardly takes up any space and gets just enough sun and shade. We started with Thyme, Oregano, Parcelery (mix between parsley and celery) and Basil. It grew and it was quite exciting. However we soon found that there does not grow enough per variety to really use it freely since you end up using the whole plant in just two or three meals. We ended up removing the ones that struggled to grow and replaced them with the same varieties we already had in the container. Currently we are growing only Thyme and Oregano in one container. After this change they flourished. The Oregano shot up from the ground, the old Thyme got new life! We can daily use our herbs and they look beautiful on the porch!
What we did: got a container, about 15cm x 80cm, filled the bottom of the container with small rocks, filled with soil, threw a bit of bonemeal in the hole for the plant, planted the plant and levelled the soil. We added bark over the ground to protect the roots against sun as they do get quite a lot of sun. The pot has holes in the bottom allowing the water to drain, seeing that it is hanging it has a bottom part where the excess water run into, no dripping on anyones head on the ground floor…
Prune your herbs regularly – it urges growth. Also water it often. If it gets quite hot, then you may even need to water it twice a day. You can simply stick your finger in the ground and if it feels dry, water it.
I do hope you try this, it is always fun going to the nursery looking for new plants. Then seeing them grow, sometimes you can see them change daily. They smell divine. Herbs are a great start for any container garden.