Garden Therapy Notes

 A Collection of Gardening Information and Inspiration



Herb Container Gardening


The Container: 

Make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom. Plastic pots and glazed terra-cotta pots have the advantage of being better retainers of moisture compared to unglazed clay pots. The best herbs to use for these pots would be water-loving herbs like basil and stevia.  


Unglazed clay pots have the advantage of allowing roots to breathe better since they dry out quicker. The best type of herbs to grow in terra-cotta pots would be drought tolerant Mediterranean herbs or geraniums. 


Minimum size of container for growing popular herbs:  

Chives, basil, lavender, summer savory, thyme: 4-6`` 

Dill, mint, rosemary, sage, winter savory, parsley: 8-12`` 


However, note that the larger the depth, the better and bigger your herbs will grow. The ideal depth of your herb container is 15-18 inches.  


The Medium: 

You can buy a soil-less mixture especially for containers, or you can make your own mixture that is great for herbs:  

1 part potting soil 

1 part compost 

1 part coconut coir/peat* 

2 parts perlite 



Feed with organic fertilizer once or twice a month.     


Combining Plants: 

If you are combining different types of plants together in one container make sure they prefer the same kind of lighting conditions, moisture, and feeding routine. 



Marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, scented geranium and thyme can be planted together because they all love hot weather, drier conditions, and don’t require that much fertilizer. These herbs are aromatic and need a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight.  


Cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley seeds can be sown in early spring and prefer cooler weather. Placing them together in a partly shady area works fine.     


Basil and stevia like the heat and moist soil conditions. A minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight is required.  


*If you are concerned about the unsustainable harvesting of sphagnum peat moss, try using composted leaves (leaf mold) or coconut coir as an alternative.  



Written By: Lea Tran


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