Container gardens are becoming more popular as more people that don’t have the space for a ground garden are wanting to enjoy and experience the art of gardening. Herbs are one of the easiest kind plants to grow in containers. They can be placed in a sunny window or on a balcony in an apartment house. Container gardens open a whole new world to the art of growing your own herbs.
Mint does really well growing in a container herb garden and is one herb that everyone should consider growing because of the many uses of the plant. This herb makes an excellent tea, is a great breath freshener and can add an interesting flavor to culinary dishes like salads. In ancient times mint was even used to freshen the air inside of homes. It can help reduce congestion and can combat indigestion issues to help settle the stomach.
Keep your mint plant in a container that is located close to a window. This particular herb grows well under full sun or shade so the choices of where to put it are pretty open. This herb grows fairly quickly when well cared for. The larger the container it is grown in, the larger the plant will be. Keep the soil moist and you will have a happy, healthy mint plant.
Sage is another great herb for container gardens that has many wonderful benefits. It is an excellent herb to add to poultry dishes and stuffing. It has excellent antiseptic properties and when steeped into water and gargled, it can help ease the pain of a sore throat. Sage can act as a natural deodorant and help with kidney stones, nausea and gas.
The sage plant will need to be kept in full sun so keep it in a sunny window or outdoor area that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. It needs well drained soil so adding a layer of gravel at the bottom of a pot with good drainage will ensure the plant is never waterlogged. Keep the soil moist but not wet. Sage is another herb that is fairly easy to grow.
Lavender is an excellent herb for a container garden. The usefulness of this herb is almost never ending. It has amazing antibacterial and antiseptic properties. If you are feeling blue or depressed, Lavender can help. It is also used to decrease swelling and as a cure for aliments like athlete’s foot. People also use sachets of dried lavender in their dresser drawers to keep their clean clothes smelling wonderful.
The lavender plant requires full sun to grow properly so the container will need to be in a place that receives at least six hours of sunlight each day. It likes a dry soil so it won’t require watering as often as the other herbs in the container garden. Lavender does not like fertilizer so keep that in mind when you fertilize your container garden.
Chives are one of the easiest herbs to grow in a container. This herb has a high content of vitamin C for helping prevent colds. It helps fight gas and can be useful in helping relieve congestion from colds or allergies. Chives will also stimulate appetite, making the individual want to eat. The onion like flavor makes it a great addition to salads and many other culinary dishes.
This herb will be the most forgiving plant in any container garden. Chives prefer full sun but will grow well in partial shade. It likes compost rich soil that is kept well drained so a layer of rock at the bottom of a pot is best for the chive plant.
No matter what herbs you decide to grow in your container garden, you will find the ease and convenience to be worth it. Container herb gardens are beautiful, practical, useful and healthy.