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Growing herbs in pots

Three ways to keep a crop of fresh herbs close by for easy snipping


Growing herbs in a strawberry pot
A strawberry pot makes a space-saving, all-in-one herb garden. Pot-wise, bigger is better, allowing more root growth. Clay is okay but ceramic won’t dry out as quickly. Look for a pot that has planting pockets staggered at different heights around the pot. The pockets should be no smaller than 8
centimetres across and have a lip underneath to better retain soil and water.

Use a high-quality potting mix and small plants—they’re easier to get through the holes. Cover drainage holes in the base with landscape fabric and add potting mix up to the first planting pocket. Insert a plant, either by the foliage or by the roots. Firm soil around the root ball and add more soil to the next pocket level. Repeat all the way to the top, which can also be planted.

Watering a strawberry pot evenly can be a challenge. One trick when planting is to drill small holes along a PVC pipe and insert the pipe down the middle of the pot, leaving the top exposed (the plants on top will hide it). Water in the pipe will filter out to the plants all the way down. If you’re concerned about PVC and edibles, food maven Gayla Trail suggests that a tall, skinny plastic bottle will work equally well.

Herbs for a strawberry pot
  • Parsley and lemon balm in the lowest pockets.
  • Thyme, oregano, cilantro, marjoram and/or sage in the rest of the pockets.
  • Upright herbs such as rosemary, chives and basil in the top (resist mint, which is far too vigorous to share space).

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