Planting an Herb Garden 101

Getting the gang all picked out...
Getting the gang all picked out…

So this year we decided to start our first ever herb garden. We had three large pots on the back deck that we normally put flowers in each season, but due to our new love for all things foodie (see my other blog thelifeandtimesofafoodie) we decided it was time for us to try growing our own herbs.

So first stop, picking up the herbs from Home Depot and Lowes (what one doesn’t  have the other will!)

Our herbs:

  • Sweet Basil
  • Purple Basil
  • Cinnamon Basil
  • Italian Parsley
  • Onion Chives
  • Oregano
  • Marjoram
  • Rosemary (x2, totally on accident)
  • Lavender
  • Dill
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Sweet Mint
  • Orange Mint
  • Chocolate Mint

Soil… when you go to your garden center it might seem a bit daunting, do you get organic or regular? Which brand. Turns out you need to get soil meant for containers, if you don’t plan to put the herbs in your garden.

Note: There are two kinds of organic as well, one for containers and one that isn’t.

We got both potting mix and potting soil.
We got both regular potting mix and organic choice potting mix.
First we needed some rocks to go at the bottom of our pots (they had drain holes already in the bottom) to help our herbs have well-drained soil.
First we needed some rocks to go at the bottom of our pots (they had drain holes already in the bottom) to help our herbs have well-drained soil.
Open up your potting mix (we did the regular first, and the organic second)
Open up your potting mix (we did the regular first, and the organic second)
First layer of potting mix in.
First layer of potting mix in.
Rest a moment and strategize about what goes where.
Rest a moment and strategize about what goes where.
Planning...
Planning…

It’s important to plant your herbs with those that need the same amount of care as the others. For example Rosemary and Lavender don’t need a whole lot of water, while basils adore it! Also, if you’re going for mint make sure you put it in separate pots as it tends to overtake (and grow like weeds!)

First pot all done: Purple Basil, Dill and Rosemary...
First pot all done: Purple Basil, Dill and Rosemary…
Sweet Basil, Lemon Thyme and Parsley all tucked in...
Sweet Basil, Lemon Thyme and Parsley all tucked in…
Sweet Mint all planted...
Sweet Mint all planted…
Our herb garden...
Our herb garden…

To keep track of how our herb gardening going (including the beautiful markers from Earthmarks) and lots of helpful tips about herb gardening… stay tune to my foodie blog.

Happy Gardening!

~theavidpen

5 Comments

  • Reply Miranda R. May 14, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Looks so nice! I am starting a few herbs in pots this year while we finish landscaping our yard and put in a raised bed. Best of luck to you!

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