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Even though the snow is melted in our backyard, we still have overnight temperatures that dip into the freezing zone. When getting my plants in the ground, I opted to put the herbs into containers that can be brought inside should it look like we’ll have a frost. The upside for this is that I am planning to maintain the herbs year round with the help of indoor grow lights, too!
Steps for Creating An Organic Herb Planter
For anyone who’s a bit gun shy overdoing any gardening, I think this project is the perfect first step. Herbs are typically easy to grow as well as so useful in the kitchen. When I visited the Home Depot to pick up my plants, I found a few key herbs available: basil, rosemary and parsley. I use a LOT of basil and parsley in my cooking and rosemary just smells so heavenly that I decided to try my hand at growing it again.
First off, I found the containers I wanted to use. We had a few smaller pots that are quite manageable for moving around and have a watering spot at the bottom. That’s a key feature for me as I don’t want to go on an adventure for a couple days and worry that my herbs will be dead upon my arrival home.
I start off by placing a nice layer of potting soil in the bottom. I found Miracle Gro Organic Potting Soil at our local Home Depot which affords me the ability to go organic and still expect good looking plants.
Next, I removed the herbs from their small containers. Mr. O and I disagreed upon whether the root ball needs to be loosened before repotting. I’d heard that tip for years and that’s the route I took. I view it as encouragement to get the roots to spread a bit more into the new soil.
The final step is to add more potting soil around the plants, tapping it down slightly around them. I then watered them and put them out into the lovely sun.
Applying the Same Principles to Vegetable Planters
As I had picked up a lovely plastic planter at Home Depot, I decided to do container gardening for our pepper plants. At least one friend up here grows peppers year round in their house and I am hoping that we can do the same by bringing the container inside when fall approaches.
Preparing My Organic Herb Planter
For those who love to see it all ‘in action’, here I am creating my organic herb planters.
Are you growing herbs in your garden this year?
If so, which ones?
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