7 Best Herbs for Your Container Garden
Happy homeowners in the countryside are already hard at digging in the gardens, and within a few weeks they will see their first harvest.
If you aren’t one of them because you live in an apartment or have a small backyard, don’t despair! Here are some herbs you can grown inside the house or on a patio.
One of the best-known and least-demanding herbs is dill. Used in cooking almost everywhere (except the desserts, of course). Dill contains vitamin C, carotene, folic acid, and a decent set of trace elements. It regulates the digestive tract, normalizes metabolism, and lowers blood pressure.
Grow it at home with ease: buy nutritious soil, put it in small pots or cups of yogurt, and plant and water the seeds. Burying them especially deep is not necessary. They can be on the surface—just sprinkle them on top of dry ground.
Some varieties of dill seeds need to be soaked before planting, though. While they are seedlings, the pot can be kept in a dark place. But as soon as the foliage appears, provide them with a lot of sunlight.
Parsley is a unique herb that contains protein, fiber, and iron. It promotes good eyesight, strengthens the immune system, and can even help you lose weight. It also has a unique taste and aroma.
In order to grow on the window, it’s important to soak the seeds for about a day before planting them. Before sprouts become visible, the pot can be left in the dark—but after that, parsley needs sunlight.
Over the past few years, arugula has turned into one of the most popular greens. It is distinguished by its unusual, slightly tangy taste. Moreover, arugula sets the record for the content of vitamin K (100 g of the product is the necessary daily rate).
Growing this herb at home is very simple. There is no need to soak the seeds, and the first shoots appear in a few days. In contrast to dill and parsley, it is comfortable in the shade. You can also harvest it in three to four weeks after planting. Add it to a salad with shrimp, avocado, and cherry tomatoes for a surprisingly tasty outcome.
Basil is a warmth- and light-loving plant. Strictly speaking, you can grow it in a pot all year round, but it feels best during spring and summer.
It will grow a fairly long time from seeds. For the formation of an adult bush, eight or nine months is required. But you can also buy it in the vegetable department of herbs in a small pot and turn it into your own basil.
The universal seasoning for meat, rosemary can also be added to soups and sauces—and some delicious rosemary tea can be made!
Unlike many other herbs, rosemary is a year-round herb. It will please you with a harvest throughout the year. The seeds are planted in moist soil and germinate for about a month. Rosemary does not need abundant watering and does not like excessive moisture—as well as strong drafts—but it loves the sunlight and warmth.
Most gourmets agree that fresh oregano tastes better than the dried spices you can buy in the store. Luckily, the plant is unpretentious and does not require special care—so the chance to test this assertion is for everyone.
Oregano’s roots are quite long, so you need to choose a bigger pot for planting. Sow the seeds in moist soil, pour a new layer of soil over them, and cover with polyethylene until the first shoots show up. Do not forget to air out and water the "greenhouse" once every two or three days. Adult plant needs to be watered rarely, however, so you can just wait until the soil dries.
Celery is the easiest to grow of all these plants. Place the root in the ground and do not forget to water. It will begin to grow leaves on its own, requiring no special care. But after two or three weeks, you will already be able to use fresh herbs in your cooking experiments.
Plant new roots approximately once every two or three months. That is how often each new bush will delight you with green shoots.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Regarding growing Thyme in containers, indoors and out- it has been my experience that they do not seem to like to be in too big a pot. Can you suggest a good pot size,- for French, English, and Lemon thymes?
That's a good question. I would say about 8-9 inches in diameter would probably be fine for all of them.
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