Making a small herb container garden is one of the easiest and most popular container gardens to start with.  These little gardens are perfect for your balcony, back porch, deck or inside near a sunny window.

Instead of starting your little herb garden from seeds, you can purchase starter plants from your local nursery during the Spring to plant directly into your container plant pot.  Bingo, you have an instant herb container garden.

Container Planting Tips

I found some interesting tips from Rita in the above video:

  • Use Baby Diapers.  Who would have thought about using baby diapers to line the bottom of your container to help hold the moisture in the planter?  This is a perfect suggestion for someone one like me who tends to forget to water my plants everyday.
  • Sprinkling Soil Moist into the soil before planting to help hold the moisture is another great idea.  I’ll be adding that on my shopping list for my next trip to the plant nursery.
  • Use an old basket to hold your soil and plants to provide good drainage and then place it inside a decorative planter.
  • Tease the roots apart to speed up the plants growth after transplanting it.  When you remove your newly purchased plant from it’s seedling container you’ll usually find the roots in a tight ball, also known as “root bound”.  It is important to prepare your plant’ root system before placing it in your new container pot by using the “squeeze and tease method”.  This will help speed up your plants acclimation to it’s new home.
  • Plant Location. Plants that grow taller, should be placed in the back or in the center of the planter.  Lower profile plants that tend to grow down over the edges should be placed either along the front edge or around the edge of the pot.

Companion Plants

Just like people, some plant varieties compliment other plant varieties while some plant varieties just don’t get along with another variety.  It is important to have a good idea about which plants do well with other varieties when you put your container gardens together.  Be sure you are planting companion plants in the same planter.

Certain plant combinations are more vigorous and thrive when planted together, while others do not.  Below are a few herb combinations are:

  • Chives do well with Parsley
  • Rosemary does well with Sage
  • Coriander does not like Fennel
  • Fennel does not like Coriander

If you would like to learn more about who likes or dislikes who take a look at this Companion Planting Chart. This chart covers vegetables, herbs and flowers.


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