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Planting Herbs in Containers for Beginners 🌿// Garden Answer

hey guys how's it going today I want to

talk about planting herbs and containers

and I think containers are such a great

way to get started especially if you're

a beginner gardener so I want to go

through the basics of planting herbs in

containers before I get into the points

that I want to talk about I just want to

share some of the benefits that I feel

containers bring first off all of your

plants are contained so instead of

starting out by planting stuff in a big

overwhelming spot in your garden you

have everything in one neat tidy little

package you don't have weeds trying to

compete with your herbs if you have an

insect problem if that occurs they're

easy to manage because they are

contained in this small space you can

also move your container to the perfect

area that gets the just the right amount

of light or you can put it near your

water source or near your kitchen door

maybe where it makes harvesting really

easy and quick for you so I just feel

like there's so much convenience that

comes from putting plants like that in

containers and then I think it's

important for beginners to have that

that accomplishment and that success was

something on a small scale to give you

confidence to start gardening on a

bigger scale so the first couple of

things that you want to make sure of is

you want to pick a container that has

good drainage now I already kind of got

ahead of myself and filled it with soil

so I'm gonna try to tip it there is a

drain hole right at the bottom of this

container I don't know if you can see

that without me dumping the soil out but

that's super important for your plants

to have that good drainage and then you

also want to use potting soil not garden

soil so you can't go out into your

garden and dig up soil and put it in

your containers it's way too heavy it

compacts and it's really bad for the

roots of your plants so you want to use

a potting soil I'm using the s Poma

organic potting mix also feel like it's

important to use an organic potting mix

because one of the main reasons why I

grow a lot of my food in my herbs is

because I can make sure that like I know

what happens to that plant I know what

kind of feed it's getting I know that

what I'm using is organic so I'm getting

the healthiest thing possible out of my

garden so I've got my pot already

already full of soil this is called the

wave tall egg planter from Michael Carr

designs we actually unboxed this earlier

on like maybe a month or two I can't

even remember ago so I was excited to

put it to use I think herbs will look

really pretty in here and I think it's

about a 14 inch diameter when you're

thinking about what are

you want to put in your container you

want to consider how compatible they are

with each other so you want to take into

account water requirements light

requirements and also overall size

because there are some kind of plants

like mint that that's pretty much all

you want to plant in a container like

this container right here 1/4 inch mint

plant would fill that container and more

in one season lemon balm is another one

that likes a lot of space and then when

I say overall size like look at the tag

see how big the plant gets like a Mazal

basil for example gets huge I mean if

you guys have been watching our videos

and saw how the amazing basil performed

in our garden space last year in those

plants were massive and so you would

only need one for a pot this size if

you're wanting to do a mixed herb

planter like I'm wanting to do today you

want to make sure you're choosing things

that stay a little bit smaller I've got

a Greek oregano here this these are a

common chives and then also an extra

curled parsley so none of these will

want to get enormous or want to take

over the container so when I say water

requirements most of the time when I'm

doing mixed containers like this I have

fairly good luck putting just whatever

herbs I want together because the

containers drain they're way less likely

to get bogged down by too much water but

there are a few herbs that like it a

little bit on the drier side so rosemary

is one lavender thyme those are all ones

that can dry out a bit in between but I

have had decent left putting them with

other things so just be careful as

you're planning look at the tags a lot

of times it will tell you water

requirements or what it prefers on the

back of the tag some of the things that

like more consistent water are mint

basil chives parsley things like that

and you will get to know the more herbs

you plant you will get to know what that

specific plant likes and of course every

climates a little bit different too

we're very dry here and so really the

only moisture it gets the only

significant moisture is from me so I can

kind of control what kind of water I'm

giving them and most herbs you'll find

really do prefer a full Sun spot so that

means six to eight plus hours of Sun

which like I said earlier having them in

a container you can go find exactly what

spot they will thrive in and you can

just set that pot there there are some

herbs that can handle a little bit more

shade so again just consult

the tag and just make sure the herbs

you're putting up next to each other

especially if you're just starting out

have kind of the same requirements

listed on the back of the tax and the

last thing and this is totally

unnecessary but usually when I plant

herb containers I consider color and

texture because I know we're not dealing

with blooms here but if we can make a

pretty arrangement by using different

looking plants like I am all for it and

there's so many gorgeous herbs out there

like tricolor sage or pineapple sage

there's chocolate mint that has a little

bit more of a deep green there's the

parsley that's like much more bright

we've got grassy texture with the chives

borage has beautiful blooms so just

consider that when you're looking at

herbs and just maybe even try out a new

herb to you just to make your trio or

however many herbs you're planting in a

container really contrast each other and

shine so right here I think this is a

really pleasing blend of herbs and it is

very early so there's not much out in

fact this chive right here there was a

flat of chives that was carried over

overwinter down at the garden center and

this is one of them right here so when I

look at the root system I'm gonna have

to do a little work on that but I like

the grassy texture with the really curly

fluffy texture of this parsley and then

the Reg I know brings a kind of more of

that depth and the weight it's a little

bit more of a bold leaf in a darker

green so when I plant these I was just

talking about the root ball most of the

time when you're getting herbs in season

they don't have a super extensive root

system because usually they're fresh but

this one right here oh it smells yummy

I love chives I'm just gonna break up

the root memory just a tiny bit it does

not take much you don't have to really

manhandle the root balls and when you

plant them in your container you want to

make sure to pack in your potting mix

all the way around the root ball so that

you eliminate any possible air pockets

and then we're gonna go with the extra

curl parsley on the back here and we're

just going to do the same exact thing

and this pot will look a little bit

skimpy in the beginning which is really

not like my normal planting routine

usually I pack things in but again you

want to consider the size these plants

get and give them room to flourish okay

and our last one is this oregano

this one has a little bit of an

extensive root system it looks healthy

I'm just going to break up the bottom

there and pack soil around the root ball

also when you fill up your container

with soil I did not mention this before

make sure you leave a generous lip right

here on the top usually like one or two

inches is sufficient that way when you

water water is not going over the sides

of the containers it gives it plenty

large reservoir to give them a really

good deep watering also it's a good idea

especially if you're brand new to this

save the tags and tuck them in the

container like on the back side of the

container you could even tuck them

behind a plant so you can't see them but

that way if you have any questions later

on this in the season you have something

to refer to and the very last thing you

need to consider is fertilizing because

when we have things in containers what

they get in terms of nutrients is given

from us like I have complete control

over what kind of nutrients this pot

gets now this is brand new fresh potting

soil which does have nutrients in it so

you don't necessarily need to start

fertilizing right away but maybe in a

couple weeks time start in on a regular

fertilizing schedule for herbs they

don't need as much as your annual

flowers do so maybe every couple of

weeks or every three weeks rather than

every week and I use the liquid grow

fertilizer and I do have a watering can

for demonstration purposes even though I

don't technically need to fertilize it

today I will show you how I do it so I

need to add two to three doses of this

fertilizer to one gallon of water which

I already have my water in here usually

I put my fertilizer in my watering can

first because then when I add my water

it mixes it for me but I don't have live

water in the greenhouse right now so to

do our dose you just tip the bottle

probably should shake it first so we got

one dose in there two three and then I

had a stick on the ground and that's

what I'm gonna use to mine

and then we'll just water these in see

how it's nice it is to have that lip

like there's no fear of water going over

the sides of the container and making a

big mess and that's pretty much it I

hope that this was helpful just seeing

the basics especially for those of you

who are beginners the only other thing I

can think to remind you is if you are

planting in containers like this you do

need to make sure once it warms up that

they get very consistent water so like

for me that means when it's 100-plus

degrees in the summertime I'm having to

water containers the size every day so

you just need to be mindful of that

based on your climate keep a close eye

on your plants and then just enjoy them

I feel like starting on this scale is

just such a great thing to do because

once you have success and get some

experience under your belt starting with

just a few like a handful of plants it

just boosts your confidence so much so

anyway thank you guys so much for

watching this video and we will see you

in the next

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