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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Green Tip Tuesday: Creating your own container garden

It has long been my dream to have an herb garden.  Two years ago my friend Chellie cultivated a little corner of her neighbor's garden and grew the herbs she used most commonly in cooking.  Every time we would be chatting on the phone and she'd casually say "I'm walking outside I'm going to cut some basil for dinner tonight." I reaffirmed that one day I too would have an herb garden.

This year is my year.  I'm not tilling up any soil, making any grandiose plans, or marking off rows in the backyard, I am merely purchasing 3 large planter pots that hook on the railing of my deck.

This planter is designed to fit over the deck railing.

Now all I have to do is fill these planters with herbs.  To make the most of the small planting space I am going to plant some herbs together.  Some herbs grow better together than others so I researched a little to see what will work best.

Pot 1: Sage, rosemary, and thyme
Pot 2: Cilantro, oregano,and parsley
Pot 3: Basil and mint

Mint grows very well in a planter environment because it has a tendency to take over gardens if not contained.  I plan to grow a lot of Basil because I love pesto and it takes a lot of Basil to make a small amount of pesto.

There are a lot of different ways to grow herbs in small spaces

I have only ever tried to grow tomatoes and I had pretty good success so I am feeling a little more adventurous.  I like that I can grow these herbs organically.  I like that I reduce my dependency on grocery stores by creating a garden.

Have you ever had an herb garden or done container gardening?  I would love any tips or hints you may have!


Chellie said...

Here are some tips. :)
* Keep the mint by itself.
* Italian parsley and cilantro get pretty big, so it might be good to split them.
* I usu. get 2 basil plants because I use it so much.

Happy growing...and eating!!!!!

Beth said...

Chellie, did you end up using enough mint to even make it worthwhile to grow? I have this vision of myself drinking water all summer long flavored with mint and lemon...

karen@fitnessjourney said...

I would love to grow basil and mint in my yard. Unfortunately, our neighborhood association rules forbid anything but flower gardens. (Isn't that snobbery at it's finest?)I have seen little indoor pots that I could keep on the windowsill so I don't have to worry about the neighborhood garden Nazi.

Chellie said...

Actually, no. I never use enough mint to grow the pesky stuff. I don't like it in teas, etc. though. I only use it when a recipe call for it. Then I splurge at the market for it. :)