Every spring one of the first things that I do is plant my container garden on our back porch. I just love to look out the window and see flowers blooming and vegetables growing. Each year it’s a little different. I have a few hardy perennials that survive the mild winters we have, but I’m always excited to try something new come spring and throw some vibrant annuals in the mix to liven things up.
The one container that is consistent year after year is my herb garden. It is by far my favorite container to plant. I would love to grow herbs in my kitchen to use year round, but I don’t have a window in the house that has given me success with growing herbs indoors, so I start fresh each year with exception to the rosemary. It’s usually hardy enough to survive the winter and it is only limited by the size of my pot, which for the last several years has been this gorgeous blue strawberry pot (similar here).
I love the contrast of the bright green herbs against this blue background and I just really like how the pot keeps each plant separated. Another plus is that the pot is big enough that even plants with more invasive root systems like mint don’t overtake the others. It makes a beautiful little garden, don’t you think?
The lady bug garden stake is not necessary to help things grow, but it sure is cute! I found this one at Target several years ago. I’ve repainted it twice now as it has faded in the sun, but it might be about time to get a new one or just add some more little bugs to my other containers!
Here are my tips for creating your own strawberry pot herb garden.
- You can choose any combination of herbs that you like based on what you prefer to use in your cooking. I chose rosemary, thyme, dill, mint, and basil. The only restriction is to choose herbs that like similar sun and water conditions since they will be sharing the same pot.
- Fill the container with dirt to just below the side openings. Place the plants in the openings so that about an inch of the plant is inside the planter. This helps establish a good root system and from a cosmetic standpoint it just looks better. Otherwise the plant sort of looks like it’s falling out of the planter instead of growing in it.
- When choosing where to place the container keep in mind that even though most herbs are going to need 6-8 hours of sun, the leaves can sometimes be delicate. My deck gets full sun, which is great, but in the heat of the summer, I find that it can be a little too much for the plants to take. You may have to move the pot around as the season progresses to keep the plants happy and thriving.
- Turn the pot every couple of days to make sure that the plant on the backside gets adequate sunlight. This becomes even more important as the plant on top becomes more established and tends to block more sun.
- And last, but not least. Use your herbs! The best way to keep your plants healthy is to trim them regularly, so cook with them or cut a few to bring inside and display in a bud vase. If your plants are growing faster than you can use them you can cut them back and freeze them in an ice cube tray or dry them to use layer in the year.
There you have it. So easy and it’s almost too pretty to eat!