Planting Herbs in Pots: A Garden Anyone Can Grow

| 6/15/2011 2:57:28 PM

KCI forget from year to year that planting herbs is about the easiest imaginable, most low-impact way to garden. Growing in pots can put a kitchen garden just outside the door, and watching herbs grow can restore one’s faith in natural processes.   

I didn’t have time or energy for much gardening this year, but one Saturday morning in May I harangued myself into getting to the garden store, buying a few bags of organic potting soil and plopping some herbs in the big pots I’ve used for years.   

This year’s container garden is utterly utilitarian and prosaic: basil (‘Genovese’ and sweet), sage, chives, flat-leaved parsley, lemongrass, lemon verbena, thyme and oregano.  I forgot pineapple sage, to my great chagrin, but will muddle on without it. 

And look at this now! I have herbs aplenty with absolutely no additional work other than watering every day or so. I've been using something from these containers every day for the past week and expect to keep that up through the rest of the summer. The oregano and thyme are in separate containers in an even more sunny spot: 

My Herbs in June 

I also planted nasturtiums and morning glories because I love the blossoms and because contributing editor Jim Long gave me a dandy little bentwood trellis he made at a workshop in early May at the Baker’s Creek Heirloom Seed festival. He made this nifty trellis in about an hour—while he was talking to the workshop participants, which I think is awfully cool. These nasturtiums and morning glories are just a few weeks old and already reaching out to twine themselves around this trellis (photo updates later this season—stay tuned!).