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Herb Planters

Updated on April 14, 2011

Herb Planters

Herb planters are considered by many a fun and necessary part of your gardening efforts. Whether that garden be indoors in pots and containers or outdoors, sown in the ground or gathered together in the herb garden in containers, they can be used in creating scrumptious and savory dishes as well fragrant sachets. Containers used as herb planters are found in a number of varieties.

Considering outdoor herb gardens, sow the seeds directly in sunny, well-drained soil, especially fennel, dill, anise and coriander. These particular plants do not take well to transplanting. Most other herbs can be either placed in soil directly or grown indoors in herb planters in late winter, being transplanted into the garden or containers as they get large enough and weather is warm enough.

If seeds are sown indoors in herb planters flats, in late winter, plantlets will be ready for transplanting in spring, once it is warm enough and the weather has settled. They will not appreciate a late frost or freeze, so time your plantings carefully.

Herbs, as well as other plants in the garden, can be classified as annuals, perennials or biennials. Annuals will grow and die in one single season, whereas the other two will remain in the garden or container and come back year after year, for several seasons. Biennials, as the word suggests, will bloom only every other year. Make the most of these habits, harvesting the leaves, seeds and stems as appropriate to the herb.

As mentioned previously, herb planters set into the garden soil can help to keep certain plants under some semblance of control, as many have very aggressive and spreading natures. They care not for their neighbors rights, except to take over their home areas. Concrete blocks set in to the ground, large cans or buckets with drainage holes poked in them just above the bottom rim, and plastic, ceramic or clay pots can be happy homes for most of the herbs one might want to grow.

For those herbs that are able to be overwintered outside, it is extremely important that this garden be covered and tucked away safely with at least four inches of mulch. This can be of straw, oak leaves or even boughs from evergreen trees. After the ground is thoroughly frozen, place your choice of these mulches over top and be assured that the little lovelies are sleeping comfortably and will be ready to emerge and poke their sleepy heads out of the ground in early spring.

Herb planters are available in about any form or shape you wish, if you look hard enough. Seen online, elephant and turtle shapes in the gray and green appropriate to those animals, are for sale. These are made of ceramic material. Another material that is very hardy and weather resistant, is teak wood. These will last for many years.

Herb planters that hang have become as popular as the ones made for growing tomatoes and strawberries. Many different styles could be found when searching for containers in which to grow your favorite herbs for cooking or creating scented bags.

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    • Ken Barton profile image

      Ken Barton 6 years ago

      Good Hub, my wife and I are hoping to get a garden going this year. Herbs are something we could plant right here at home.