Becoming more sustainable is a constant goal for me; that includes growing my own veggies, fruits and herbs where possible. That being said, it’s a tough target to follow when you’re pressed for space both indoors and out. Enter herb planters; nifty little plant pots designed specifically for growing all your fave herbs.
Sure buying those little glass jars of dried herbs and spices at your local supermarket is a quick (and less expensive) fix, but if you prefer fresh ingredients then herb planters might just be the way to go. If, like me, you’re sick of spending a fortune when you’re in need of a new sprig of parsley or basil (because, let’s face it, they wilt within hours), investing in a vessel to hold all your go-to herbs seems like a smart idea.
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Nothing spruces up a homemade meal (or meal delivery, for that matter) quite like a garnish of fresh herbs, which is why you should always have some to hand – in my opinion. It’s the same as buying an indoor plant or low-light plant to add a little life to your interior. Herbs are both easy and inexpensive to grow, the most important thing is the home you give them, plus you’ll have *all* the satisfaction of knowing that you grew them yourself (and have saved on using unnecessary plastic too).
Herb boxes and planters are the perfect way to cultivate your very own garden – be it indoors or outdoors – and enhance your green thumb. Whether you’re completely new to gardening or are experienced, and whether you just want a constant supply of coriander or are looking to be more adventurous with your cooking, there’s a herb planter out there for you. Some even come with a starter kit with seeds and soil to get you going – how helpful?
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Is it better to grow herbs in pots or ground?
Herbs such as mint or oregano are known to be downright aggressive and invasive in gardens, so to keep your herbs (and the rest of your garden) safe, it’s best to grow them in pots and planters. There are of course plenty of herbs that would be more than happy – and accommodating – in the ground, but it’s easiest to keep them all together in a handy planter so as you can tend to them all regularly. If you do want to keep them in the ground, consider putting them in a pot before planting them in the soil – this should stop them spreading too much.
What herbs cannot be planted together?
Mint should generally be grown separately as it can be known for choking out other varieties of herbs, while things like rosemary and basil tend to grow better alongside vegetables rather than other herbs. Fennel should also be kept separate from your herb garden as it can change their flavors to something unpalatable.
When growing herbs together, make sure you’re using the right soil – some prefer acidic environments while others like alkaline.
How do you care for potted herbs? Where should I put my herb garden?
Most herbs will grow best in full sun, so plant or place them where they will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. While they appreciate water during hot or dry weather, it’s important to not overdo it – it’s always a good idea to research how to care for each herb you intend to grow for peace of mind. In terms of placement indoors, go for somewhere close to your kitchen that’s nice and sunny. If you have space in front of a window, plant them in small pots there.
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From hanging wall planters to smart gardens, we’ve rounded up the best herb planters, systems and kits for every budget. Not only will they look great in your home or garden, but they’ll also liven up your food dishes all year round. You’ll have fresh herbs at your fingertips in no time.
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