One of the best advantages of using herb garden containers over a herb plot is the closeness you can have them to your kitchen. No need to abandon style either.
There are some nice planters and boxes around to draw your creative side out and beautify your dwellings.
I like to chop and change my surroundings a lot so I tend to relocate my planters, but only those containing non-fussy herbs that don't mind being moved. You can't do that easily with plots now can you?
Another plus for containers is that you can place the pots undercover when the weather turns really cold, very hot, or when you want to protect young plants from critters.
Plastic planters are easy on the budget and are light in weight. They come in all sizes, shapes and colours to suit the needs of each herb. If you have only a small balcony space square and rectangular containers fit nicely into corners saving on the little space you have.
However there is a drawback in using plastic. During hot weather they can heat up and cause roots to cook before they are ready for the pot. There is away around it! An old herb hint is to line your container with newspaper several layers thick.
If anything, get away from buying new plastic herb garden containers. Wear out the old and replace with non-plastic materials.
With gardeners there is a great love for real old clay terracotta pots. Using them in the garden or patio creates a natural rustic scene that simply enhances the menagerie of herbs with their multiple shades of greens, greys and purples.
But beware, although most herbs don't like to sit in water you don't want them to suffer from drought either. Clay pots have a tendency to draw water away from the compost. So water liberally now and then.
What a delight is a container herb garden that has interesting and unusual designer pots and planters.
Small gabion planters are favourites of mine. They lend natural earthy colours and texture to herb gardens that may lack in bold bright blossoms.
They are hard to come across. You can make your own as I did. It's quite simple to do using galvanized mesh, cutters, pliers and stones or gravel.
Hypertufa herb garden containers look absolutely wonderful. They give the look and feel of old stone planters aged with moss growing on them. Why not get your hands dirty and create a beautiful hypertufa.
Get creative and make your own diy planters. They add a little panache to container herb gardens even mini ones with your own unique finishing touches.
A glazed clay pot won't cause soil to dry out as the unglazed terracotta pots do, so high marks for this container. They can be quite costly but the look of this classic container full of your favourite herbs will justify the expense.
Self-watering planters are very handy for the summer when you are on vacation. Just make sure the plant's root system is established and reaching the reservoir at the base. As soon as you return though get back to normal watering and don't refill the reservoir. Remember! Our herbs hate wet feet.
Herbs such as mint, sage, and thyme love to wander. Mint roots will travel under a whole lawn if you are not careful. Can you imagine sorting that one out!!! Containing them in planters will put your mind at rest and save you a lot of digging up.
Yes attractive herb garden containers are easy to create and maintain, are suitable for the patio, balcony or windowsill, and are mobile. Plants will thrive for many years using this type of herb garden but eventually they will loose vigour. When this happens, simple divide and re-pot or renew the plant itself.
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