I have every intention of actually growing my herbs in my vegetable garden, interspersed with the vegetables (a la my companion planting plan). Except for the mint. That shall remain trapped in a pot for all eternity.
But until I buy these raised garden beds (hold the phone, I think I’m ordering some this week!) I’m already trying to cram quite a lot into a small space, so I’m going to try growing some herbs in a pot.
Now, I’ve tried this before. I buy basil and thyme and sage and oregano and parsley in seedling pots from big box warehouses, or nurseries, or market stalls (wherever really) and I pot them up. And then fail to do anything else at all with them, and they die.
And then they end up looking a bit like this:
It’s basically a pot of dirt. With some sawdust sprinkled on top from last Winter when I was putting in some barerooted roses and needed somewhere to dump the sawdust in a hurry. The herbs were already dead by this point. And clearly they put the word out about how undesirable a location it is to live, because 8 months later and not one weed had taken up residence in the pot. Oops.
Ideally I would have added the dirt in the pot (along with a few unknown root systems lurking down below) but the pot was too heavy to lift and manipulate so the dirt got dumped onto an unused garden bed. I shall perhaps force Nick to move it to the compost bin next weekend (to counter-act all the rotting apricots that made their way into there in the last few weeks).
Ta da! An empty pot! A quick rinse to get rid of the last of the dirt clinging to the bottom, and then some more potting mix made its way in. Hopefully this potting mix is more conducive to life than the last lot!
To be honest, the main reason for starting the pot o’ herbs was to repot the last straggly herbs leftover from Mum’s Christmas present.
So into the pot has gone some chives, sage and oregano. I’ve also added some borage, thyme and more sage seeds. Now it’s a waiting game to see what happens. Wish me luck!
Do you grow herbs? Where do you grow them?