“Where are the herbs?” you might ask when you see the other garden posts. Herbs are certainly some of the most commonly grown plants for amateur gardeners, and just like with growing greens they’re very rewarding because you can continually harvest throughout the summer.
After a failed herb garden last year planted in a shady corner of the yard, we are trying round two in containers with more sun. I decided that I want the raised beds to be for rotating seasonal veggies, so this means I have to grow herbs in a separate location. We chose these great looking pots partly because they liven up the deck. My only complaint about container gardening is you have to be even more diligent about watering. It’s so easy for them to dry out!
Mint for juleps:
Mint is worth containing because it can really take over a garden.
Note our forks and spoons are custom made herb markers we bought at our local market!
Oregano and thyme together:
This low growing thyme would be great to fill in space in a yard or between stepping stones, etc.
Lettuce Leaf Basil:
This tastes pretty much like Sweet Basil, though maybe a little milder, but it has huge leaves. You can use it in place of lettuce on a sandwich for a basily blast, or to add some flavor to a baby spinach salad.
I really like the big whiskey barrel because I feel like all the extra soil holds the water and makes it more resistant to drying out.
There are three more sweet basil plants, some cilantro, and little dill sprouts. Planting multiple basil plants helps you get over that “well, I really want to use basil, but I don’t want to cut down my entire plant for one meal.”
The herbs only get about a half-day’s worth of sun so they’re a bit slow growing right now, but in a month or so I expect them to take off!