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Growing Herbs in Pots

This is hopefully a comprehensive guide on growing herbs in pots! Whether you have a sprawling garden or a compact balcony, cultivating herbs in pots is an easy and rewarding way to enjoy fresh flavours and aromas right at home. Not only do potted herbs add a touch of greenery to your living space, but they also provide a sustainable and convenient source of seasoning for your culinary creations.  There are herbs to suit every location, from sunny hot patio to a shady corner of the garden or balcony, even windowsills!


Explore the steps below to successfully grow and care for your own herb garden in pots.

Selecting the Right Herbs:
When choosing herbs for your potted garden, consider your culinary preferences and available space. Some popular herbs that thrive in pots include basil, mint, rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives, cilantro, and oregano.  Additionally, consider their sunlight and water requirements to ensure they'll flourish in your specific environment.  The Mediterranean herbs - rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram and oregano love the sunshine so are happy in a very sunny spot.  Mint, salad burnet, chervil, chives, dill and lovage and parsley will all happily grow in a shadier spot.

Choosing the Perfect Pots:
Selecting the right pots is crucial for your herb's growth and development. Opt for containers with drainage holes to prevent water logging and root rot. The ideal pot size should provide enough space for the herb's root system to grow, usually around 15-30cm (6 - 12 inches) in diameter. You can choose terracotta, wooden, plastic, or ceramic pots depending on your style and budget.

Preparing the Potting Mix:
Herbs thrive in well-draining soil with the right balance of nutrients. Create a potting mix using equal parts of high-quality potting mix, perlite and vermiculite. This mixture will provide the necessary aeration and moisture retention for your herbs.  You could also just do equal quantities of potting mix and gravel. 

Planting Your Herbs:
Gently transplant your chosen herb seedlings or small plants into the prepared pots. Ensure the herbs are placed at the same depth they were in their previous containers. Water the newly potted herbs thoroughly and place them in their designated spots based on their sunlight requirements.

Sunlight and Watering:
Most herbs require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Place your pots in a sunny spot, such as a windowsill or balcony, to ensure they receive adequate sunlight. Water your herbs when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, but be cautious not to overwater, as it can lead to root rot. Using a saucer under the pot can catch excess water and prevent staining or water damage to surfaces.

























To keep your potted herbs thriving, feed them with a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2-4 weeks during the growing season. Avoid over-fertilising, as this can negatively impact the flavour and aroma of the herbs.

Pruning and Harvesting:
Regularly trim your herbs especially after flowering to encourage bushier growth and prevent them from becoming leggy. Harvest leaves and stems as needed for cooking, but avoid removing more than one-third of the plant at a time. Frequent harvesting will promote new growth and keep your herbs healthy.



Growing herbs in pots is a delightful and accessible way to add a burst of flavour to your culinary ventures while enhancing your living space with greenery. By selecting the right herbs, pots, and providing them with the necessary care, you will be well on your way to enjoying the delights of your very own herb garden. So, get started and create a bountiful herb garden that will inspire and elevate your culinary experiences!

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