Herb Garden Pots
For those who will be container or window herb gardening, it is important to familiarize oneself with the different herb garden pots or containers out in the market. Knowing the home you place your herbs in will help you take care of the herbs better.
To be very honest, any container will do when it comes to growing herbs. You can even recycle containers, like old drawers from a cabinet or chest you will no longer use, old tin cans, old toys, a sandbox, and any other old object that has a pretty deep cavity in which you can plant an herb in. The important thing is that your chosen container has holes at the bottom or at the sides near the bottom to allow the water to seep out and keep the plant from flooding. Just always check your plant's and soil's moisture to make sure you are supplying it with enough water. Some plants become more dry in containers than if they were planted in a garden. Just pay attention to your herb plants' leaves for wilting or other cries of help.
When it comes to store bought containers, there are so many to choose from even a seasoned gardener becomes overwhelmed. For herb garden pots, though, clay pots and/or terra cota pots are a good choice. These are very porous and do a great job in terms of draining. Plastic pots are nice too. Both these herbal garden pots come in varying sizes for a gardener to choose from. Remember to suit your herb plant to its pot size. If you're going to be growing edible herbs, be sure that your containers do not contain iron or other metals in them. It will usually say so on the label. These metals make the plants grown in the container dangerous for consumption.
Some plastic containers are stackable. This means that you can put one on top of the other using the pre-prepared grooves or slots already put in by the manufacturer. While this is truly decorative, it isn't optimal for herb growing unless you can provide enough amount of sunlight for each and every plant or herb in your containers. Other plastic containers are self-watering, and while this may be great for the gardener on the run, you will still have to check and make sure the plants are getting the perfect amount of water at different stages of their lives.
Hanging baskets or pots are also a good and popular way of keeping herbs, and they are decorative too. Same goes for window boxes. Just be sure that you place these two herb garden pots in places where the water from their drainage holes will not ruin or damage anything underneath it.
Finally, if your container garden is just temporary and you want to be able to replant your herbs in a larger garden, invest in the biodegradable herbal garden pots. Though they aren't really pots, these can go directly into the ground when you're ready to let your herbs develop stronger roots or when your herbs are getting too big for their containers. It saves you the hassle from having to uproot the herb, and it saves your plant the trauma too!
Choose herb garden pots that are suitable and practical to you home. Think about your long term goals for your herb garden, and you will be able to make the right choice in terms of pots.