Why Growing Herbs in Pots is a Great Idea
Some of the best ideas are the simplest ones and that certainly applies when it comes to gardening. My wife and I simply love fresh herbs for the dinner table, but we want to have them year round. There are plenty of different ways to go about this and our personal favorite is to grow herbs in pots.
If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of gardening enthusiasts you’ve probably seen at least a few people doing this and there are good reasons that they’ve taken this route.
Growing herbs in pots is a practical solution and of course it can add a great deal of beauty to your home – especially if you’re growing a variety of different herbs. We’ve a sneaking suspicion once you’ve tried growing herbs in pots you’ll never go back to traditional gardening methods.
You’ll love the versatility of this growing method and the surprising amount of options actually available to you. Here are the reasons we think growing herbs in pots is a great idea.
Urban Dwellings no Yards
If you happen to live in an apartment, or a small urban house without any real yard to speak of that doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own herbs. That’s one of the main advantages of growing herbs in pots. You don’t need a real garden to plant your herbs in – the pots take the place of a garden.
Most apartments have some type of balcony and that’s a fine place to put your potted herbs. In fact, there aren’t too many places you can’t grow herbs in pots. When my cousin was living in an old apartment above a store he didn’t even have a balcony to grow herbs on so he grew them in pots on the fire escape! The lack of a yard shouldn’t be a deterrent at all.
Herbs are like any other plants – they love the sunlight and so it’s great to be able to keep your potted herbs outside in the spring and summer. The problem is they’re also easily damaged if left outside in cold weather. For those that like to plant a herb garden in the soil of their backyard, they have to put up with a limited growing season.
The nice thing about potted herbs is that you can simply pick your pots up and move them inside when the cold weather hits. Their highly portable nature means you can have access to your own fresh herbs year round.
Keep out the Pests
Growing herbs in pots allows you a lot more control over their microenvironment than you would otherwise have. That means you can keep out unwanted pests that might be common in the soil in your area. The end result will be healthier herbs and better yields.
Get Creative – Decoration
Pots come in all different shapes and sizes and so there’s a good chance you can find some that match your décor or personal tastes. If you can’t quite find what you’re looking for there is another option – you can decorate your pots yourself anyway you want them.
I’ve seen some pretty creative designs out there and if you’re at a loss for ideas a simple online search will provide you some great inspiration. You may also want to pick up a few home and garden magazines as well. The point is you have a lot of options that simply wouldn’t be available if you were growing herbs without pots.
Choose the Right Herbs
With a little tender love and care you can grow any type of herbs you want in pots – there really aren’t any restrictions. At the same time there are some herbs that do better than others when grown in pots.
Basil, Oregano, parsley, and thyme are great examples of herbs that actually thrive when they’re grown in pots. All of these herbs do quite well in a confined environment making them perfect for growing in pots. As we’ve already mention though, you can grow any herbs you like in pots it’s just that your results may vary. Like anything else, a little bit of extra effort will go a long way.
Holes for Drainage
For some reason a lot of amateur gardeners think giving herbs and plants as much water as possible is the best way to go. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s no doubt your herbs need water, but probably a lot less than you think.
Some herbs can easily go a week in-between watering. With that in mind you need to make sure your pots have proper drainage holes at the bottom or your herbs can drown. You’ll know your plants are getting too much water if they have a soft wilted appearance. Drain holes are a must. If you’re moving your plants inside for the winter just make sure to place them on top of another container or mat.
Choosing the Right Pot
It’s also important to give some serious consideration to what types of pots you want to use for growing your herbs. Yes, plastic pots can save you a lot of money, but they aren’t very decorative and they will wear much faster from use.
Personally, I think you’re much better going with either ceramic or clay pots. You can find both in a lot of great designs and you can even add your own if you like. They’ll last a long time – as long as you don’t drop them of course! Ceramic are the most durable, but they’re also the heaviest choice so you have to take that into consideration.
No Better Time than Now
We all have a little bit of the procrastinator in us even if we don’t want to admit it. If you’re anything like me you might have been considering growing some herbs for a while now, but you keep putting it off.
Hopefully after reading this article you can see how straightforward it can be growing herbs in pots and you’re ready to get started. There really are few things in life more rewarding than herbs and vegetables that you’ve grown yourself for your family’s consumption.