8 Tips for Planting and Growing Seasonal Herbs

Feel great this summer. Growing herbs at home is both delightful and rewarding but for some can feel intimidating. This is your summer to get your hands dirty as you learn how to plant your own patio garden of herbs. Patio gardening, in particular, is an excellent way to cultivate herbs, especially for those with limited space and time. By planting herbs in containers, you can enjoy a versatile and manageable gardening experience, whether you have a sprawling backyard, a small balcony, or even just a sunny windowsill.

Herbs are usually easy growers and many live happily together. They are part of the cut-and-come-again group meaning the more you harvest the more you will have to harvest. They like well-draining soil that is full of nutrients, the sun, and regular watering. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Choosing the Right Containers

Selecting the right containers is crucial for the success of your herb garden. Containers come in various materials such as plastic, fabric, terracotta, ceramic, and metal. Each material has its pros and cons. We are big fans of the grow bags, they drain well and move around easily which will help you extend the season.

2. Selecting Herbs for Containers

Not all herbs thrive equally well in containers, so it’s essential to choose varieties that are suitable for container gardening. Some of the best herbs for containers include:

  • Basil: Loves warm weather and full sun.
  • Mint: Grows vigorously; containers help contain its spread.
  • Parsley: Prefers a sunny spot but can tolerate partial shade.
  • Thyme: A hardy herb that needs well-drained soil.
  • Chives: Easily grown in containers and great for garnishing dishes.

3. Soil and Plant Nutrients

The right soil is fundamental to the health of your container herbs. You want soil that is alive and will help your plants thrive throughout the season. It should be lightweight and drain well. You can enhance the mix by adding perlite or vermiculite to improve aeration and drainage.

Herbs are not heavy feeders, but they will benefit from periodic feeding. Soil amendments are materials added to soil to improve its physical properties, fertility, and overall health. They play a crucial role in enhancing the growth and productivity of your herb garden, especially when growing herbs in containers. Healthy soil is teeming with beneficial microorganisms that aid in nutrient cycling and disease prevention, soil amendments support microbial life by supplying food sources and creating a healthy soil environment.

4. Planting Tips

Make sure the soil is moist and the plants are well-hydrated before planting. Plant herbs at the same depth they were growing in their nursery pots. Avoid burying the stem, as this can cause rot. Provide adequate space between plants to ensure proper airflow and prevent overcrowding.

5. Watering Tips

Consistent watering is crucial for your herbs but avoid overwatering. The soil should be kept moist but not waterlogged. Water the base of the plants to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal issues.

6. Pruning & Harvesting Tips

Regular pruning encourages bushier growth and prevents the herbs from becoming leggy. Harvest herbs frequently by pinching off the tops, which promotes new growth. Remember to harvest the herbs you need and never harvest more than 1/3 of the plant at the same time. It is also best to harvest in the morning, once the dew has dried off the leaves but before the heat of the day sets in.

7. Pest Control and Disease Prevention

Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids or spider mites. Use natural pest control methods such as neem oil or introduce beneficial insects. Ensure good air circulation to prevent diseases like powdery mildew.

8. Protecting Plants from Extreme Weather

In hot climates, provide shade during the hottest part of the day. In colder regions, consider insulating your containers or moving them to a sheltered location (Growing with Gardenuity means you can register your plants with Grow Pro and receive weather alerts to help you protect your garden for the season).

A patio garden of fresh herbs is a fulfilling and practical way to enjoy herbs year-round, regardless of your living space. Cultivating an herb garden offers a multitude of benefits, from enhancing your culinary experiences to promoting health and well-being. Whether you have a large outdoor space or just a small patio, growing your own herbs can be a rewarding and enriching experience.


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