Growing a Container Herb Garden

herb garden

Look at this lovely container herb garden we made this past weekend. I am so excited to begin to use our own herbs.

We already had the mint and chives (the mint had grown rather rampantly and needed containing) and we bought some very cheap little plug plant herbs from he supermarket to join them, We made some simple stone markers (with a sharpie and clear varnish) and that s it. Ready to go!

It smells all kinds of interesting already.

Herbs do wonderfully well in containers.  You have to use good multi-purpose compost, and make sure the containers have good drainage. They also need to be kept well watered, as they tend to dry out a lot quicker than if the herbs are planted in the ground

Where we will use our herbs….

Chives are lovely chopped into cottage cheese

I often use Oregano in pasta sauces

I use Fennel like to use parsley in omelettes

I love Mint with new potatoes or made into a mint sauce with mushy peas!

I use Sage sprinkled on top of a slice of cheese pizza

I would use Thyme to sprinkle on veggies before roasting them

I have found a brilliant guide to growing your own herbs which talks you through each type of herb and what it needs.

how to grow a container herb garden

What’s your favourite herb?

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  1. May 16, 2014 / 2:01 pm

    I love it too, am new to all of this, but find it so satisfying to use own herbs in cooking! Your herb garden looks much tidier than mine, and loving those pebble markers!
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  2. May 15, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    Oh I love this! The little stone markers are a brilliant idea Becky – I’m going to get making some of those this weekend, because our herb garden has become a little unruly recently! We’ve got our mint in an old cast iron kettle – fingers crossed that helps contain it a a little! x
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  3. May 15, 2014 / 11:16 pm

    What a great idea – and so good listing what you use them all for, there’s so much once you sit down and think about it! And now I am hankering after garlic and thyme roast potatoes!
    Thanks for joining in again Becky xx
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  4. May 15, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    LOVE this post Becky and I too am growing herbs this year and they’re doing really well, I have mine in singular pots but you’ve inspired me to look for a container to keep on the patio like this one, gorgeous!
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  5. May 15, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    Your herb naming stones are such a lovely idea.
    I like rosemary sprinkled on roasting vegetables, as well as thyme…
    Good luck with your super herb garden.
    Emma 🙂

  6. May 15, 2014 / 3:25 pm

    What a pretty garden. I quite often plant mint in its original plastic pot into the ground to contain it, so it doesn’t run rampant over everything else. I love your little stone markers, I might have to give them a go on my allotment!
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  7. May 15, 2014 / 1:10 pm

    Ooohhhh this looks great! Nice idea to join them in one massive pot together! I love your stones as labels too! I want to have basil cuz it looks nice as a garnish! #HDYGG
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  8. May 15, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    I really want to put together some pots with herbs in this year. Just need to find some time to get on with it. Love the little stone markers x
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  9. May 15, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    It looks lovely! I have a little herb garden, too, and I’m now thinking I need to grab a few stones and make some little signs for it, too, as yours are fab 🙂
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  10. May 15, 2014 / 12:12 pm

    Mint is really good at stopping ants coming in the house, if you put one by the door….useless fact of the day! I too have some herbs, theres something really special about cooking and just whizzing out with the scissors and cutting fresh herbs to put in. I’ve never seen herb plants or seeds here, but I buy the little packets of fresh herbs from the supermarket and plant a few stalks. Some grow, some don’t. Basil is my latest casualty, but I shall persevere.

    Your container looks fab
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  11. May 15, 2014 / 12:11 pm

    I love the stones in your pot with the names of the herbs, this is lovely. My favorite is chive for the flavour and the little flowers.
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  12. May 15, 2014 / 11:52 am

    A herb garden is too of my list of things to do when we finally move somewhere with a garden! I love basil and rosemary best I think, but love the smell of lemon mint on my fingers, so would have to grow some of that too.
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  13. May 15, 2014 / 11:41 am

    Watch that mint!! It is a real bully.

    I too have started growing herbs in pots just outside my back door and ahve tomatoes in a little greenhouse. It makes me smile everytime I see them.

    Love this post.

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