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Growing herbs in containers

Posted on March 14, 2015 by Potter & Rest

If you have a small growing space, would like to grow your herbs indoors or just love having containers dotted about the place, then here are a few tips from our in-house experts on how to get the best from your potted herbs:

1. Herbs look great in all sorts of containers. You can use anything from an old bucket to a window box or hanging basket to pots on your kitchen windowsill.

2. There should be holes at the base of the container so water can escape. This prevents the roots from becoming waterlogged.

3. Pots on windowsills need to have saucers under them to catch any water.

4. It’s also a good idea to line the base of the container with stones or grit to prevent waterlogging and aid drainage.

5. When growing herbs in a container it’s important not to over fill it, or plant herbs that will out-grow the pot, or swamp the other plants.

6. Annual herbs (such as basil and coriander), that live for one year only, will need re-sowing every year in fresh compost, or you will need to buy new plants.

7. It’s a good idea to use a soil-based compost in containers. This replicates the ideal natural conditions for growing herbs. Soil-based compost also retains water better than a peat-based one, so the containers are less likely to dry out in hot weather.

8. If you are planting your herbs in terracotta pots outside, line them with plastic bags. An old compost bag is ideal. This will prevent water evaporating from the sides of the pot and prevent the plants from drying out.

The best herbs for container growing include:

1. Basil
2. Chives
3. Coriander
4. Oregano
5. Parsley
6. Rosemary
7. Sage

Top tip: Mint and lemon balm should not be planted in pots with other herbs. They are likely to swamp them and take over. Grow them separately instead.

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