Container Gardening – Herb Gardening Simplified

Many people love the taste of fresh herbs. Many others love herbal remedies, teas and so on. Most herb-lovers long to grow their own. But what if they live in an apartment? In that case, container gardening is the perfect solution.

Healthy herbs anywhere

You can grow herbs anywhere in your home with a bit of forward planning. The basics you will need are:

  • A container, preferably a 24 inch-diameter pot
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Sunlight

You might also like a window box or a hanging basket, as long as it is easy for the plants to get sun and for you to water them. The plants will grow best in rooms with a southern or a western exposure. Some people will supplement the sunlight with grow lamps or fluorescent lamps, especially during the short days of winter.

Setting up the pots

Herbs grow wild all over the world, in even the harshest conditions. All they really need is a well-drained soil that is not too rich.

To help with drainage, line the bottom of each pot with an inch of gravel.

You will also need coarse sand or perlite to mix into the soil at a ratio of 2 parts soil, 1 part mix. Add 1 tablespoon of lime (handle carefully). Mix well and fill the pot to about 1-1/2 inches from the top. Plant your herbs. Label the pots so you don’t forget. Be sure to read the instructions on the seed packets. You might wish to tape them to the pots so you always have them handy.

Watering the herbs

Don’t drown them. You need to avoid getting the roots of the herbs drenched or soggy. Using a mister will help maintain the kind of moist conditions they would find in nature.

Harvesting the herbs

Harvest them regularly to keep enjoying the benefits of herbs, and to keep them growing.

Fertilize the herbs

Use some fertilizer from time to time to help your herbs flourish. Choose a brand that is suitable for edible plants, such as: Dr Earth

What to grow?

This is obviously a matter of taste and need, but some herbs really thrive even in a container. Here are a few suggestions.


This is a staple in Italian and Mexican cooking. It is great in soups, stews and sauces. Oregano has antibacterial properties and is great for upper respiratory issues.


Basil is a staple of Italian and Thai food. It is the main ingredient in the green Italian sauce pesto, which you can make at home with garlic, olive oil and pine nuts and poor over pasta. It aids in digestion and cleanses the blood.


Curly and flat-leafed parsley can be used as a garnish or flavor enhancer in a variety of dishes. It is used for a wide variety of medical conditions, including stomach issues, high blood pressure and urinary tract infections.

Head to your local nursery to get your container gardening supplies and see how easy it is to grow your own herbs for health.