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Making A Potted Herb Garden

Jul 21, 2008
There are several advantages to making a potted herb garden versus outdoor gardening. You can bring plants inside when winter comes around, or even grow them indoors all year long. You are able to control soil better since the only thing in the pot is what you provide. You can place herb pots in the shade. You can also put them by a window, or even under a lamp if necessary.

Raising herbs indoors takes close attention, but plants like basil, dill, sage, mint and lavender are more-easily cared for than others. Unfortunately, we're not given the skills of mother nature, but make the effort and controlling nutrients and water will almost become intuitive.

Begin with quality seeds. Because they are like any other natural food product, they have the potential to spoil. The airborne spores present in the air can attack them. Oxygen is able to react with numerous organic compounds. It is easy to obtain fresh seeds and to keep them this way. To do this, you need to read the packages to check the date. It is also necessary to throw away seeds if they get wet.

When making a potted herb garden, don't get stuck on the notion that you have to keep it indoors. They can thrive outdoors too! Like most plants, herbs need certain amount of sunlight. Essentially, it varies with the species: some requires a full sun, others prefer a partial shade.

Make proper preparations to the soil and make sure the amount of moisture is sufficient. Lavender enjoys the sun and needs an alkaline soil that is dry. Clay chips will maintain the moisture in a pot, but this can also lead to too much moisture. When in a container, the clay will absorb the moisture and hold it for extended periods of time. You should make sure that your soil contains a mixture of sand and clay.

People often do not understand why their plants do not survive. Sure, some people aren't blessed with a green thumb but the most common reason that our plants die is a condition called root rot. We often overeater our plants, and although there are a few types of plants that thrive on this, most plants do not, especially herbs. There is a large difference between keeping plants moist and drowning them.

Culinary herbs are a flavorful reason for making a potted herb garden. In the summer you can keep them handy right by the patio door, and the pots can be brought inside during cold weather and wintered over on a sunny windowsill. That way you can have fresh herbs for cooking year-round.
About the Author
You can learn more about all types of herbs as well as learn about growing herbs in pots at http://basicherbgardeningtips.com/ where you will get basic tips for growing herbs both indoors and out.
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