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I started buying those reasonably priced small potted herbs that are sold in most grocery store produce departments year round and thought they would make a great table centerpiece at home and for a bridal or new home shower or even for a natural style wedding!
If you'd like to grow some of your own herbs for cooking purposes, why not make the garden they are grown in decorative? Plant the herbs in various clam shells and conk shells for display!
In natural shells, this garden looks quite nice outdoors. It blends in with the surrounding area and gives a subtle, decorative touch.
Additional step: have adults or children paint the shells before planting the garden for a more vibrant looking garden.
This project is quite easy, and can be done by the youngest child.
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When growing herbs, is it better to grow them all together or in separate pots or doesn't it matter?
By Terry from Qld
I suggest you group each herb in its own container. Certain herbs require dry soil, others like to be kept more moist. How would you handle this problem if they are in the same pot? One plant would suffer. Guess it would be okay to put more than one type of plant in the same container as long as they both had the same requirements for sun and water. Happy planting.
By Coley H. from Omaha, NE
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I am interested in growing herbs in a 14-20 inch pot on my deck this summer. Is it possible to grow them in a pot or will they spread too much for that type of gardening? What herbs would be best for container gardening?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
Diana from Prospect, KY
I live in zone 5A, and grow herbs in containers on my deck. I use plastic waste baskets that have drainage holes drilled in the bottom. I got them at the dollar store so they all would match and look better since the deck is on the front of the house. I start with plants bought at the nursery, and have successfully grown basil, parsley, rosemary, mint, oregano, and catnip. I also have sage in a container, but it is a perennial, and comes back each year. I cut herbs for use all summer, and dry whatever is left in the fall. Just used up the last of the rosemary. (03/18/2009)
Herbs usually do well in containers. If you're planning on using a single pot try to leave at least 5 inches between plants to give them space. Pick the herbs you like to use, keeping an eye on size and growing instructions. Basil, oregano, sage, or marjoram are likely safe bets. Rosemary is wonderful, but I think it does better in its own pot, and mint spreads quickly so it's also better alone. You could make a really attractive display with a large pot surrounded by a few smaller ones. Container plants dry out quickly especially in the heat, so water them regularly, too. (03/19/2009)
I use a wonderful site called gardenweb.com.
They have wonderful people on the message boards that seem to be able to answer any question in the world when it comes to gardening things. They also have a board where you can swap seeds, or even get seeds for SASE or postage for them. I had a ton of seeds leftover from last season's swaps, so I donated them to Head Start and Early Head Start because I know a lot of those parents are in the same boat if not worse than ours.
Has anyone tried the Garden Soxx? It is a tubular mesh containment that is great for indoor gardening. Great for herbs. They come 3 feet long and already filled with a certified compost growing media. They are so easy to grow in and work with. They are fairly inexpensive, too. If you want to learn more on them go to certifiederosion-nh.com and click on growing with soxx. I grew chives all winter in one. I did 3 plants in it and they did so well. Still are doing real well. (03/24/2009)