Container Herb Garden — Organic in the City

Opie's pretty proud of my backdoor container herb garden, can't you tell? Sage, cilantro, basil, thyme. In the straw purse: marigolds are hiding the rosemary.

Opie’s pretty proud of my backdoor container herb garden, can’t you tell? Sage, cilantro, basil, thyme. In the straw purse: marigolds are hiding the rosemary.

My sweet little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Opie, is pretty proud of my container herb garden. You can tell how proud he is by the fact that he’s not totally asleep.

I’ve had all kinds of herb gardens — in-ground, in-house, in-container — and I’ve found that I do the best job with the herbs if they are right outside my kitchen door and planted in containers.

Since I’m a visual person, if the herbs are not right where I see them every time I go in or out, I simply won’t remember to water them. Or even harvest them. Truly. If it’s not in front of my face, I’ll forget it. Which is why my desk is always cluttered, I have notes all over the house, and the herbs are right next to the back door.

So, since I live in the city and have a concrete driveway outside my kitchen door instead of a huge fertile garden plot, containers are my best option for growing the herbs and keeping them where I’ll remember I have them.

Besides gardening, I also design and make purses, so planting the rosemary and a couple of marigolds in my aunt’s old woven plastic summer carryall adds a perfect, and whimsical, touch.

What herbs do you have the best luck with in your garden? What herb-growing secrets can you share? What’s your favorite fresh herb recipe?

Part of the container herb garden by Deborah's kitchen door. Pink container: sage, cilantro, basil. White impatiens waiting to be planted elsewhere. White container: thyme.

Part of the container herb garden by Deborah’s kitchen door. Pink container: sage, cilantro, basil. White impatiens waiting to be planted elsewhere. White container: thyme.

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2 thoughts on “Container Herb Garden — Organic in the City

  1. Hilda says:

    Am anxious to hear/read tips and suggestions. Tried growing herbs last summer and had a disastrous time …. of course, heat and Japanese beetles didn’t help, but I would welcome any help/suggestions! Thanks.

    • Hi Hilda. Just be sure the containers are in full sun. Most herbs love sun. Keep them watered. I’ve never had a problem with J. beetles, so I can’t speak to that specifically.

      And remember that the plants don’t have to be fully grown to take a few snippets for recipes. Mine certainly aren’t, but we’ve already snipped some leaves off them twice this week.

      Fertilize with an organic fertilizer and make sure the pots have drainage — either holes in the pot bottoms or a good layer of gravel in the bottom before you add potting soil. Happy herb gardening!

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