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How To Grow Herbs

Updated on January 23, 2016

Herb Garden the Easy Way

I love gardening and I also love cooking, and I use a lot of herbs in my recipes. I prefer to use fresh herbs when I can, because they really taste so much better than dried or frozen ones. Unfortunately, fresh herbs do not keep very well in the refridgerator and I have very often found myself in the frustrating position of being in the middle of cooking something and realizing I am out of parsley or dill or marjoram or whatever other herb the recipe calls for.

For years I was contemplating the idea of growing a herb garden, but could never find the right spot for it. You see, my garden is mainly decorative, consisting mostly of flowers and flowering bushes and some trees. I do not have a vegetable or food growing garden and I thought that a herb garden would look slightly out of place.

So, what options did I have for growing fresh herbs at home?

Pictures of my container herb garden-taken by me

Growing Herbs in Containers

As I was looking for possibilities to grow my own herbs without unduly disrupting the look of my garden, I came across the option of growing herbs in containers. The idea was to plant herbs in flower pots and then bury these in the ground, so as to keep growth tidy and avoid the risk of some invading herbs like mint or spearmint overunning their borders and literally taking over your garden. This would mean however that whenever I felt like changing the layout or replanting some of the pots, I would have to dig them all up again. The other option was to simply plant herbs in pots and place them on a window sill or patio.

While deliberating on these options, I decided to visit my local garden center and have a look at the various types of herbs they had on sale and see how much space and/or how many containers I would need in order to plant a respectable collection of herbs. And this is where I found the perfect solution! A tiered herb planter or strawberry planter as they are some times called! A large terra cotta planter with many pocket-like openings, where you may plant a collection of herbs, as well as strawberries, baby tomatoes or flowers for a splash of color. It was exactly what I was looking for, especially as I could place it just outside my kitchen door and pop out while cooking for a sprig of freshly cut herbs. It is beautiful to look at and the vertical stacking arrangement is a great space saver.

My Favorite Strawberry/Herb Planter - The easiest way to grow a herb garden

This is the closest to the one I own that I could find on Amazon. It has a 4,5 star average on almost 100 consumer reviews. It has three stacking layers, each of which can accommodate three plants. If you want to plant more, you may buy a second unit and add more layers. It is made of durable U.V protected terra cotta look plastic and collapses for easy storage, contrary to mine which is a one-piece planter. It also includes a base for the water to drain in and is also available in chocolate color.

How to plant your Strawberry/Herb Planter and how to care for your herbs

Start by filling your planter with potting soil. Plant your largest plant in the central top opening and use the side openings and lower tiers for smaller, annual or trailing types of herbs. I have planted a strawberry plant in the central opening of mine and have used all the other pockets for different types of herbs. Some good choices which are used in many recipes and also look nice and smell heavenly are the following:

parsley

dill

oregano

basil

mint/spearmint

thyme

rosemary

sage

lemon verbena

apple geranium

Herbs are easy to grow and care for in general. Although there are certain exceptions, most herbs are relatively undemanding. They do best in full sun and normal potting soil. They require little water and well draining containers. They rarely need fertilizer - actually too much fertilizing may be bad for them. They do require pruning, to grow neatly and to prevent them from growing tall and lanky, but the reason you want a herb garden in the first place, is presumably in order to harvest it. Harvesting your herbs regularly is just the pruning they need!

Herbs, Seeds and More

Here are is a good collection of herb seeds, including varieties of most commonly used culinary herbs, medicinal herbs and tea herbs. A must have addition is the book I highly recommend. Every time I go to the garden centre to buy herbs, I am sure I will be able to recognize them and remember their names and the best uses for each one of them...but after a few months I cannot tell them apart, with the exception of the really common ones. This book is wonderful. Not only does it have full descriptions and pictures of a huge variety of herbs to help you choose, it also gives detailled instructions on growing, harvesting and storing different types of herbs and, it includes the most wonderful recipes with herbs, like herbal teas, pesto sauce, rosemary oil, garlic and olive toppings and so much more!

© 2013 Aquamarine18

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      Aquamarine18 3 years ago

      @GrammieOlivia: Thank you! I just did!

       

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Great lens also available at the Weekend Gardeners FB page.

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      Aja103654 4 years ago

      I'd like to grow my own herb garden with my grandma soon!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Applying a strawberry pot to herb growing is a great idea. I have limited space and that is just the kind of container I am looking for. Thanks for sharing your garden!

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Short and sweet. Awesome lens

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      Connie Clyburn 4 years ago

      This is a great lens. Thanks for sharing your expertise -- I want to learn how to grow herbs, although my thumb isn't exactly green! I think I may be able to do this.

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      Rachel32 4 years ago

      This is amazing! I love gardening (wish I had more time for it!) You have just re-inspired me :)

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      SarahbethK LM 4 years ago

      Great pics. Really inspiring; I've been considering growing my own basil or cilantro! Great job!

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      teamnana 4 years ago

      I always have planted my herbs in separate containers. I love this idea.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      I love growing herbs and using them in my meals. Thanks for your sharing and decorative ideas! Congrats for your LOTD!

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      nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      I love my herbs, but they always die over winter (need to keep them inside, with two cats who will eat anything and everything green or growing!) The strawberry planter is fantastic for keeping a variety of herbs, although I would keep anything from the mint family in a separate pot -- they take over any space in which they are planted!

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      storytimesam 4 years ago

      I love herb tea and cooking with them. Thanks for the great info and ideas you made so interesting. The container planter would work really well for us also.

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      inspirationalmo 4 years ago

      I love herbs in the garden. I have a couple of really big rosemary bushes which I go and cut when I need them for cooking.

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      TopReviews2u 4 years ago

      Wish my herb garden looked as great as yours. I love herbs for cooking and that I have them to pick freshly.

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      BestGifts2U 4 years ago

      I love the look and idea of the strawberry herb planter for showcasing my herbs.

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      JRsFavoriteFinds 4 years ago

      Great way to grow fresh herbs!

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      greytdogz 4 years ago

      Perfect timing. I've been trying to figure out a way to have an herb garden while we travel in our motorhome. This is the solution. Thank you!

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      allaneaglesham lm 4 years ago

      I love fresh herbs too but they tend to get dried out!

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      Aquamarine18 4 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: A big big thank you!

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      Aquamarine18 4 years ago

      @happylssq: Thank you so much!

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      happylssq 4 years ago

      Very nice lens! I'm just getting ready to start my gardens and I really like the container ideas. Thanks!

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      mikebishop 4 years ago

      Great container. I'm going to get one for this summer. Hopefully my herb garden will grow as good as your have.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Your herb garden is absolutely beautiful! I have a couple of herbs in little pots on the porch right now, but I can see so many advantages to having a big container like yours. Love the instructions and great information here. Thank you for the inspiration!

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      Bexley 4 years ago

      What a lovely herb garden! The tiered planter is a great way to grow herbs for use in cooking. I love growing herbs...but mostly for making potpourri. Lemon verbena is my favorite!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Using that container is a great idea, it looks so pretty and organized. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I must admit herb gardens are a blessing, if you have one. This lens is great way to encourage people to give it a try. I am an affiliate marketer for herbs and spices. My first lens published for Squidoo was about herbs and spices.

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      Gardener Don 4 years ago

      First thing that get's planted out each spring at our place. Can't live without fresh parsley.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I love growing herbs! I have them all over my deck. Every time I walk outside, I run my hand over the rosemary to release the delicious fragrance.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      These are nice. I saw one of these pots at the garden center this afternoon. I think there are a lot of possibilities with this idea! Thanks!

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      Loretta 4 years ago from United States

      I was just looking at those type of planters thinking they would be perfect for our limited and easy to move when we finally find a house.

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      Monika Weise 4 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I would love to grow a herb garden, but I kill anything I grow in a container. I just can't get the watering part right.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 4 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love the look of that tiered planter - agree it would be perfect for herbs. I can just see one outside my back door, full of lovely herbs ready to be harvested!

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      I'm experimenting with a bit of gardening right now as I'm very inexperienced, have so little investment money and so little space. But I definitely have my eyes on that multi-tiered planter and I so want my own herb garden to grow in it!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I so need to do this, I'm into experimenting with recipes and having fresh herbs on hand would be awesome.

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      Aquamarine18 4 years ago

      @TheGardenGuys: Thank you! A kind word from the experts is always welcome!

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      TheGardenGuys 4 years ago

      Nice lens Summertime18. Puts some of mine to shame, and I'm supposed to know what I'm talking about ;)

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      poutine 4 years ago

      Growing herbs in a container is an excellent practice

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      MissMalaprop 4 years ago

      We had an herb garden for awhile, but we've neglected it lately. Gardening is more of my boyfriend's thing than mine. But I DO really love fresh cilantro, mint and rosemary especially!