Growing Herbs in Containers

Using freshly harvested herbs and spices can give a great taste, fragrance and flavour to dishes.
Growing herbs and spices like coriander, mint, chillies, peppers, garlic, ginger, turmeric, saffron, etc. adds great beauty and look to the garden.

Most herbs are quite easy to grow in pots, still you need to take care of them. Continue reading below to learn on how to grow herbs and spices in pots, outdoors and indoors including best time to plant in pots.

  1. It is not difficult to grow your own spices and herbs, although many find it so. Actually growing herbs is easier than you think. If you choose your plants wisely, it is a great way to save on buying a fresh bunch of herbs every time you need just a little bit, if you grow your own herbs.
  2. You do not need a large growing space. Most herbs can be grown in containers.If you have very little space or live in an apartment, then you can use pots and containers, even Styrofoam containers.
  3. You should consider planting only those herbs you like to eat and which are less susceptible to pests and diseases. Most spice and herb plants are relatively free of pest and disease problems like a turmeric plant due to their oils and flavours, a deterrent against insects and animals.
  4. Almost all herbs love sun, so plant them in a sunny position, at least 4 hours of direct sun.
  5. Best herbs to grow in pots are basil, chives, coriander (cilantro), lemon balm, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. These herbs grow very fast if proper care of soil and water is taken.
  6. Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage and oregano grow best in free-draining soil, they are compatible to each other so they can be grown together in a large pot.
  7. Herbs like chives coriander, mint, basil, parsley and chives needs plenty of water and may be planted together in the same pot.
  8. A herb garden can be started from seeds.
Picture of Coriander Cilantro plants
Growing Coriander Cilantro
Following is a list of spices and herbs that you can grow.
  1. Aloe Vera (How to grow aloe vera)
  2. Basil (video on how to grow basil)
  3. Capsicums (peppers) (how to grow capsicums, peppers)
  4. Chillies (how to grow chilies)
  5. Cilantro (how to grow cilantro)
  6. Cinnamon
  7. Cloves
  8. Comfrey (how to grow comfrey) (medicinal herb, soil improver and fertilizer)
  9. Coriander (growing coriander)
  10. Curry Leaves (how to grow curry leaves)
  11. Fenugreek Growing fenugreek Methi)
  12. Galangal
  13. Garlic (How to grow garlic)
  14. Ginger (growing ginger)
  15. Kaffir lime (a citrus tree, the leaves are used as a spice)
  16. Lemongrass
  17. Mint (grow mint in container)
  18. Nutmeg
  19. Oregano
  20. Parsley
  21. Pepper (peppercorns)
  22. Rosemary
  23. Saffron (How to grow saffron)
  24. Stevia (Growing Stevia)- a natural calorie-free sweetener.
  25. Thyme
  26. Tumeric (growing turmeric)
  27. Vanilla

Picture of Fenugreek leaves
Growing Fenugreek leaves

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