8 Herbs That Are Good to Grow in Containers
There is no substitute for fresh herbs when it comes to creating a dish with that special garden fresh flavor. Herbs are wonderful plants to grow in containers. A good reason for having an herb garden in your kitchen is the convenience of having them right there within reach when you need them. I have compiled a list of my top 8 favorite herbs.
I love cilantro because there are so many uses for it. I use cilantro in my homemade salsas. It is also a common herb that is used in Thai cuisine. It grows very quickly so make sure you harvest often before it goes to seed. You can extend your growing season by planting a few seeds to start with and then a few more every so often so that you always have some growing.
Almost everyone loves basil. There are so many varieties to choose from so I recommend growing multiple varieties and experimenting with them. The flavors can range from sweet to spicy. Some of my favorites are Thai basil, globe basil, lemon basil, and holy basil.
I once bought an herb kit that included thyme and I didn’t know what to do with because I mainly cook Asian cuisine and thyme is not usually an ingredient. I decided to grow it anyway. It has helped me to expand my cooking range as I had to look up recipes that called for thyme. Now I am hooked on thyme. One of my favorite recipes is a crockpot chicken recipe that tastes like rotisserie chicken and it calls for thyme.
This is another easy growing herb that can be used as a garnish or it can be chopped and sprinkled on almost anything. It contains a high level of vitamin C which is another plus.
The scent of rosemary is heavenly. Whether it is used dried or fresh, it still tastes amazing. It is good in soups and stews. I love using rosemary to bread recipes. There is nothing like the combined scent of baked bread and rosemary.
Known for its many health benefits, mint is an essential herb that should be included in every herb garden. There are over 30 species of mint that contain menthol oil, which gives mint the characteristic cooling feeling. Mint grows like a weed and can overtake your garden space, so it is good to plant it in a container to control its growth.
A cousin to the onion, chives are usually not grown for their bulbs. Their spear-like leaves are used to flavor things like stew, casseroles, dips, and soups. An herbalist uses chives to reduce high blood pressure, tone the stomach, and strengthen the kidneys.
Italian food commonly comes to mind when people think about oregano. It is native to northern Europe and it is often in Mediterranean and Mexican cooking. It grows to about 20 inches high and prefers hot and dry climates.
When planting herbs in a single container, it is best to plant the tallest ones in the middle and the shorter ones around the outside edges. Herbs that are in the same pot should have similar water and lighting requirements as each other for best results.
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Perfect Thematic Herb Gardening Practices
Creating a thematic ornamental garden with a variety of herbs would be a great idea for many gardeners. With a particular theme in mind and action, you can easily create a productive, decorative and enjoyable herb garden.
Herbs are the plants that are valued for flavor, scent, medicinal or other qualities. Herbs are utilized in cooking, as spices, and for otherworldly purposes.
A typical “Dioscorides Garden” is a garden of medicinal herbs, named for the Greek physician Pedanius Dioscorides. The “Dye Garden” will include herbs used to color fabric and textiles. “Colonial Garden” represents the traditional herbs that early settlers used to flavor their food, improve their nutrition, cure their ills, repel pests and enhance fabrics for clothing and households.
Native American Garden contains herbs as food, beverages, medicines, dyes, and charms. Medicinal Garden will typically use herb-plants that are used for healing from the time of ancient medicinal herbalism to today’s development of synthetic drugs that act like herbs.
Culinary Garden has herbs widely used as both food and flavoring while the “Industrial Garden” usually grow plants that might become sources of raw materials for industrial products including fuels, insecticides, lubricants, rubber, fibers.
Fragrance Garden with herbs typically used as a perfume or to provide fragrance in homes and places of worship. The Oriental Garden is usually grown with herbs mainly from Japan, China, and Korea that have been used for thousands of years in cosmetics, dyes, flavorings, medicines, and industry. Beverage Garden will obviously use herbs that are used for liqueurs and teas brewed from chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint, and other flavorful herbs.
There could be umpteen types of herb garden themes such as grilling, potpourri, night (those with silvery or grayish foliage or white flowers), pizza, butterfly, kids’ pickling, Shakespeare and Biblical.
Baring a few herbs common herbs grow well with full exposure to the sun. Herbs also suit all types of garden beds. Gardeners should consider the mature size of each plant and provide sufficient space for its development.
Ornamental gardening with a thematic approach with herbs helps gardeners with a sense of planning.