You can create a culinary herb garden by growing herbs in a strawberry pot which gives the herbs great drainage and saves on space. Place it on a balcony or near a door for easy access when cooking.
Perhaps you have seen this one before. Growing herbs in a strawberry pot. It makes a great gift. In fact, that's what I'm going to do with this one.
If you like to cook having fresh herbs is a must. Maybe you don't have space for an herb garden. This project takes very little space and provides the drainage that herbs love. Even if you are not interested in cooking, the overall look is quite pretty and easy to maintain, as long as you have a fairly sunny spot.
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What's a Strawberry Pot?
Strawberry pots as you may have guessed are made to grow strawberries. They can be found in many nurseries and big box stores and of course, online. They also vary in size. This one has six holes on the sides and one at the top so seven plants are needed to fill it.
Which Herbs to Use
Choose a tall upright plant like basil for the top. Other good choices would be cilantro, parsley, tarragon, chives, and sage.
For the sides, you want to choose lower growing and trailing herbs, such as thyme, oregano, mint, marjoram, and trailing rosemary.
Tip: Many herbs are densely packs in their pots. Often you can split them in half by gently pulling them apart, and so now two plants become four. This is also helpful when the nursery pots (often 4 inch) are larger than the planter holes.
How to Plant Herbs in a Strawberry Pot
- Start by placing some good potting soil in the bottom of the planter.
- Take one of your plants earmarked for the side and plant it by gently pushing the plant material from the inside out.
- Then fill the container with more soil until you get to the next side opening.
- Continue in the same manner adding your tall plant at the top.
- Give it a good drink of water from the top, and also water the sides.
Herbs are typically drought tolerant and love good drainage making them a perfect candidate for this type of planter.
Herb Pot Maintenance
Water thoroughly, at least once a week, typically twice or more if you have a very hot summer although many herbs will tolerate dry conditions.
If you don't use enough in your everyday cooking be sure to keep the herbs trimmed. This will maintain a pretty shape and will ensure nice bushy growth. Also, once they flower the plant will start to end its life cycle so trimming off the flower heads is a good practice.
Short on space and long on beauty. As long as you have some decent sun you can easily grow your own herb garden in a strawberry pot.
- Strawberry Pots
- Herb Plants - to fill each hole
- Potting Soil
- Place good potting soil in the bottom of the planter.
- Take one of your plants for the side and plant it by gently pushing it from the inside out.
- Fill the container with more soil until you get to the next side opening.
- Continue this process, adding your tall plant at the top.
- Give it a good drink of water from the top and sides.
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