I've decided to try growing herbs this year. Because my limited
ground space is taken up with vegetables I've purchased some
containers - 15" by 31". The packages say that they (thyme, oregano,
basil, sage and tarragon) will thrive in pots, but there's nothing
about how many per pot. The instructions are for in ground growing
and most say that the plants should be 8 to 18 inches apart. Well,
that wouldn't be very many per container (2 or 3) and the pictures on
the packets make it look as though they are really packed into the
pots. I have one container per herb. I live in Central California so
there's no need to start these indoors and transplant.
Any advice will be much appreciated.
For a number of years I had a herb garden on my apartment balcony
using pots. 6-8" pots will work just fine - one plant per pot. Sage
and rosemary will probably need 10-12" pots. Large basil plants might
prefer a 10" pot. Just remember to water frequently during hot
weather. You could also try the balcony railing planters - about 8"
by 24" to hold about 4 plants.
At the end, before I bought my house, I even had a couple of 6-7' bay
laurels in 24" pots, elephant ears, and a fountain out on the balcony.
On a balcony in a 24" pot? Must be some balcony!!
Unfortunatley, here in the Ohio valley it gets cold enough in winter
to freeze bay laurel back to the ground. Usually the roots survive.
In the apartment days, they got cut back and moved indoors on the
It's really a matter of what my friends use because I doubt that I'll
use much of any of them. Most of what I grow in my garden (tomatoes,
zukes, bells) I give away. I freeze my green beans to use throughout
the winter in soups. I'm going to get back into canning my tomatoes
(I had way too many full jars) last year.
Your advice is sound, though. Thanks. I will probably be drying most
of what I grow. That will be another question a few months from now.
Herbs can amplify the quality of a mean, and a good meal can be a
civilizing influence (See :"Babette's Feast",
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even good coffee can be seductive.
Just about any vegetable can be improved by sauteing it in butter with
shallots and italian parsley.
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