Nothing compares to the flavour of fresh herbs. Homegrown herbs can grow inside or outside; in a bed among veggies or together in a container. Creating a herb container garden is as easy as picking your favourite herbs, getting the right soil, placing in an area with enough sun and watering.
What you need
3-5 of your favourite herbs (we used rosemary, sage, cilantro, creeping tyme)
Container with drainage holes
Fafard Urban Garden Container Mix
When growing veggies or herbs, fill your container with Fafard Urban Garden Container Mix. We love it because it’s approved for organic growing, is enriched with compost, and it has coconut husk fibre which retains water.
Remove herbs from the container – if you bought from the Freeman Herbs Organic collection, you could toss the brown containers into your compost bin. Dig a hole deep enough for the herb to be buried up to the soil line.
That’s it! Give the herb garden a thorough watering at the soil, not above the plants.
Herbs will thrive in a south facing the window or in an area outside that receives a minimum of five hours of direct sunlight.
Don’t forget to water! Water your herb container thoroughly at the soil. Always avoid letting the roots sit in soggy soil. Always check the soil before watering – if the container feels light, it’s time to water. You’ll know if you’ve given herbs too much water if you have spindly, leggy growth and yellow leaves.
The more you pick, the more growth you’ll get! Keep your herbs compact and growing strong by light pruning – it will extend the growing cycle. If you notice herbs starting to flower, pinch them off below the bud as soon as they appear.
If you aren’t cooking with herbs right away, you can tie stems together in bunches and hang them upside down in a dry, warm spot, away from direct sunlight and has good air circulation. Dry them for a few weeks until the leaves are brittle. Avoid crumbling the leaves until you’re ready to cook with them.
Tip: dried herbs have a more concentrated flavour than fresh.