Growing herbs in pots is very popular as they add dimension to your garden. They do not take up walking space and you can hang them from windows and porch rails. If you want to start an herb garden, then growing herbs in pots is perfect.
Window boxes full of herbs and growing where you can see them add beauty and texture to the front porch or patio of the house. Flowering herbs are so inviting to guest, both human and those that fly. What a joy to view your fresh garden herbs daily and see the butterflies on the blooms.
Window boxes come in wood, plastic, copper, iron, tin, ceramic, terra cotta, stone, wire and some are even fiberglass. Choose the planter for your landscape, but remember this one rule. Darkly colored boxes and metal boxes will heat up in full sun and you might get pre-cooked herbs. If you use the terra-cotta window box, immerse the box in water for thirty minutes to let the pot cure. Now, plant your herbs for growing in the terra-cotta box. If you do not soak the window box first, you will spend a lot of time watering the herbs the first time, as terra cotta will absorb the water.
Window boxes are usually six to eight inches wide, which is perfect for starting an herb garden. If your window box does not have drain holes, then you should drill some in the bottom or fill the bottom with small pebbles, just remember the small stones add weight.
Growing herbs in window pots need watering constantly, as they dry out so fast. When you choose where to put the window box, be sure to think about how you will water the herbs. Will a hose reach it, or do you need a watering can, how many times will you have to fill the watering can to water the herbs completely. Since most window pots are three feet long, you want to measure your window before purchasing the box. After all, you do want to look out the window and see more than just herbs.
I plant the outside edges with herbs that will cascade over the side of the box. The next row should be small height plants and then the tall ones in the back. I plant the back with herb that get 5-6 inches in height and those growing in the front row are vine-like herbs, I prefer two rows only.
If you really like your window box design, then you may not want cascading herbs, as they will hide some of the pot. Your herbs for growing in window boxes make a great fresh herb garden for all kinds of herbs including culinary, aromatic and medicinal.
Glenna Branham is a home herb garden enthusiast. She uses fresh herbs to enhance her recipes. She experiments frequently with new flavors in different recipes. Did you know you can sweeten a recipe by adding fennel? Her growing fresh herbs website is http://www.GrowingHerbsYourself.com
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