Herbs look beautiful in a garden and grow well in containers and flowerbeds. These small plants in a sunny place near the house is a fabulous yard decoration and a great addition to the garden. Culinary herbs are an asset for both garden and kitchen. People enjoy cooking with fresh culinary herbs. You can move small planters indoor also. Also, herbs can be harvested in fall, dried, and stored for use throughout the winter season.
Most herbs grow well in containers indoors and outdoors. They can quickly grow from seed. Start growing basil, marjoram, coriander, and tender perennials such as French tarragon indoors in spring and plant them outdoors after all risk of frost passes. Mint, oregano, rosemary, lavender, thyme, and sage can stay outdoors for winter.
1. Containers for growing herbs
You can create a raised bed or a wooden box for your hern garden. Vertical garden designs are another popular idea. Window boxes and terracotta pots look charming with culinary herbs. Hanging baskets or any recycled containers are suitable for growing herbs at home. You can plant herbs along a walkway or a garden path, grow them in creative flowerbeds, but container garden designs are the most flexible and practical backyard ideas.
2. How to grow herbs
Choose containers which give herbs a deep root run. Planters and wooden boxes with the required depth look gorgeous in vegetable gardens. Add well-drained compost and keep the mixture moist, but never soggy. Larger perennials such as rosemary and sage can be left in containers for several years before repotting. Bay can also be most ornamental grown as a container plant.
Some herbs die back in winter, for example, French tarragon and mint. A sheet of glass or plywood can keep off heavy rain in wet regions and save the herbs. Protect containers from freezing by wrapping in bubble polythene. Some tender herbs such as basil can only survive if brought indoors into a warm, bright, frost-free greenhouse, conservatory or a sunny windowsill.
by Ena Russ
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