How to Grow Herbs in a Planter
Choosing the best herbs for planting in containers is a simple process because almost all herbs will do well in container gardens. The first step is to look in your kitchen cabinet and then choose the herbs that you would most likely use to cook with. Containers come in all shapes and sizes and most will do just fine for planting herbs. Weeding herbs in planters is also easy because very few grow and they are easy to remove.
The choice of containers depends a lot on how much you will be using a particular herb. If you use any one herb a lot, then a wide container is best. This will allow for more growth then the smaller containers would. Choices of containers range from small or large pots to baskets and even cooking pans have been used. A large container for strawberries makes a good choice and makes an excellent herb garden.
Growing herbs is a matter of choice for the individual. But there are a few herbs that are more preferred than others for containers. That is mainly because they are more well-known and more widely used in cooking.
Garlic is a good choice for growing in containers. Be sure to pick a container that is about 10 inches. Planting garlic in containers helps to more easily control pests and diseases that could damage the plants. All of the parts of garlic can be used for cooking. The bulb can be used for soups, salads and stir-fries. The leaves of the garlic can also be used for salads and for cooking with. However, do not use too many of the leaves or the bulb will become small.
Basil is another good choice because it can be used in many recipes for cooking. It can be grown is small containers and grown even in the winter. Just place the container on a window sill with direct sunlight. It takes only about eight weeks to get a full container of usable Basil.
Mint is great when planted in containers and comes in several flavors. Planting mint in containers rather than in the garden is a much better choice. It is a very invasive plant and can easily take over any garden. There are also several choices in flavor that are available. Therefore, several flavors can be planted in separate containers.
Parsley grows well in containers any time of the year. But it will not handle frost and can only be grown indoors through winter months. It does need a lot of sunlight and warmth. A window sill in a warm location is necessary for good growth to occur.
These are just a few of the best herbs that can be grown in containers. However, there is still a large assortment of choices that can be chosen. Things like horseradish and ginger are other options for types of root herbs. Whatever the choice of herbs, containers are an excellent way to grow and enjoy them.