Picture the scene: it’s a balmy summer evening and you’re standing in your kitchen. The sun is streaming in through the partially opened window, catching the light of the wine glass in your hand. You’ve just finished preparing the most delicious meal, while your guests are having a merry time in the next room. You can hear their laughter, mingling with the music, dancing its way to your ears. Just as you’re about to serve your home cooked meal, you realise that one final sprinkling of fresh coriander would finish it off perfectly. So, you nip outside and pluck off a small handful of herbs from your garden – fresh, flavoursome and completely home-grown.
Ugh, that’s the domestic dream, right?!
But what do you do if you don’t have much garden space? Don’t worry – it’s still absolutely possible to have your own mini herb garden, filled with your favourites. All you need is a decent pot and a small spot of sunshine, then you’ll easily be able to make your own plant pot herb garden. Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to make one, so you’ll always be prepared for those final meal flourishes.
Make a plant pot herb garden
- A medium or large ceramic plant pot
- A few handfuls of stones or gravel
- Plenty of soil
- Outdoor plant fertiliser
- A trowel
- A variety of potted herbs (see below for tips)
- Outdoor plant markers
What to do
- Before you even start making your plant pot herb garden, you’ll need to choose which herbs you want to grow. I’d recommend 3-4 different ones, and certainly no more than 5. I chose: thyme, sage, oregano and rosemary, but what you choose is totally up to personal choice. Top tip: make sure you don’t plant any mint into your plant pot herb garden, as it’s notorious for spreading and taking over!
- With your herbs decided, take your ceramic plant pot and layer a few handfuls of gravel or stones at the base. This will help excess water drain from the soil, preventing it from becoming overly waterlogged and damaging the herbs. You’ll only need to layer the stones a few inches deep.
- Layer the soil straight onto the stones, ensuring that you break up any large clumps as you go. Keep adding soil until you’re a few inches from the top of the plant pot.
- Sprinkle a fine layer of fertiliser into the pot, then top it up to just below the rim with a final layer of soil.
- Decide roughly where you would like your herbs to be positioned within the plant pot herb garden. It’s best to have them equal distances apart – but of course, this is up to you.
- When you’ve decided roughly where you want the herbs to go, dig the first hole. Use a trowel to create a hole in the soil, deep enough to fit your first herb.
- Plant the herb into the hole, firmly pressing it into place (take care not to damage the roots). Smooth a layer of soil around the edges of the herb and pat it gently into place.
- Repeat this for all of the other herbs then give the plants a really good water.
- Finally, add some plant markers to the plant pot herb garden, so you can easily identify what’s what. I made my own markers by using outdoor wooden sticks and a Sharpie pen – but there are plenty of ready-made markers on Etsy and Amazon (I especially love these, these, these, these and these).
I seriously love my new plant pot herb garden! It’s the perfect size for clipping off small amounts to compliment daily meals, without being too bulky and taking up garden space. Also, because it’s all self-contained within the pot, it’s super easy to move around – I can plonk it nearer to the door for convenience, or move it into bright sunlight if the herbs need a little pick me up. What do you think? Are you going to try making a plant pot herb garden this summer? Let me know in the comments! – Mike.
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