Container Garden 411

Container Garden 411 – Get The Insight, Tips, Techniques

  • Apr

    You can bring new life to your balcony by adding a few potted herbs. Having them in containers makes it a cinch because you can move them around (as you figure out the amount of sun your balcony gets). If you cultivate your balcony herb plants in containers, they are portable—so you can bring them inside at the end of the season.

    Balconies are all about sunlight and you will want to go with herb plants like morning glories that grow well with a lot of sun. These little herbs will tolerate the reflection from the windows and doors and also the heat that a metal balcony captures. Check out your balcony at different times of the day to see the quality of sunlight, the heat and the intensity. You’ll also want to know which way your balcony is facing—will you get a lot of morning or afternoon sun?

    Use gray or silver-colored herbs as well as those with a velvety texture or thick leaves in your balcony garden. Their unique features prevent the loss of water in evaporation.

    Try a few of these fabulous herb plants on your balcony:

    • Aloe vera: Adding an aloe vera plant to your balcony will be easy. It tolerates the sun very well and needs minimal watering. It is also very helpful for burns, just lop a small piece off and rub it on the burn. It will cool the location, but it can be sticky!
    • Cayenne pepper: With cayenne pepper on your balcony, you can always add a little spice to your meal next time you grill out. This herb should do very well on your balcony and add some color too.
    • Cucumber: A trailing vine, like a cucumber, can provide an added touch to your balcony. You can also use cucumbers in cosmetics—like facials! You can also grab a few cucumbers to slice for your salads, straight from the balcony!
    • Hens-and-chicks: These are among my most favorite plants. These do not need a lot of watering—they are water-holding succulents—and can tolerate the hot temperature and bright sunshine that you might have on your balcony. They are adorable to look at too!
    • Lavender: Just one whiff of the soothing aroma of this fragrant herb and you’ll be more at ease. It is also a brilliant plant that adds a nice pop of color.

    You can choose a few nice-sized containers to put on your balcony or try a hanging balcony basket that has an inside layer from a coconut liner. I actually made my own balcony basket with chicken wire and moss. It was my first try at something like that. That basket wasn’t the best thing since sliced bread, but it was functional. It will work better if you carefully consider the drainage when you are buying your basket or pot.

    Good luck with your herb gardening. Be sure to let me know how your herb garden grows.

    Here is more information on Windowsill Herb Garden. Here is a website with a free mini-course dedicated to Herb Gardens.

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  • Mar

    Herbs can be grown quite effectively indoors in pots or containers. They can also be grown in window boxes or hanging baskets. It is not really any more difficult than growing herbs outside in the garden. Indeed as you would expect, indoor herbs require the same conditions to grow as those outside. Click here for more: growing herbs in containers

    The three things all plants need are; sunlight water and soil.  Herbs are no exception. Obviously sunlight is crucial to growing any kind of plant including herbs, indoors or outdoors. When growing indoors, place your herbs in a south or west facing position to make maximum use of the available sunlight. Although there are a few herbs with specific light needs, all of them need a sunny bright spot in the house. It is possible for some herb growers to enhance natural light sources with fluorescent or ‘grow’ lamps.

    Herbs also need a well drained, not too rich soil to grow in. Add two parts of sterilized potting soil with one part coarse sand or perlite for herbs that are grown in containers. Make sure you put about an inch of sand into the base of each pot or container to help with the drainage. Indoor herbs like to be given with a teaspoon a lime (per 5 inch pot) to help sweeten the soil.
    For more visit our blog: Herb Gardening Blog

    Your potted herbs will also need a good supply of water. Misting the plants and moistening the pebbles will help to keep the herbs within humid conditions. Since they are being grown in containers they do need to have more water than herbs that are grown in a garden but, you should avoid getting the roots of the herbs drenched or soggy. One of the main advantages of growing herbs in a container or pot is the ability to move them.

    Annual herbs can spend all of their time indoors but, perennial herbs do better if they were to be placed outside during the summer. Although all herbs should be brought inside before the first frost in order to avoid the loss of foliage. This rule is overlooked when it comes to mint, chives, and tarragon. That is because these herbs will become dormant in a light frost leading to a healthier growth afterward. All herbs can be grown in containers but some herbs do better then others. Mint can get out of hand if left to it’s own devices and is better contained.  

    It is reasonably easy to maintain a herb garden inside. The herbs are within easy reach for cooking for example. And the information above should enable you to keep a healthy herb plant. It’s also a good idea to repot your herbs once a year and give a light feed every so often. Remember also to move perennials outside in warmer weather and to replant annuals. Plus, use your herbs as much as you want as well as harvest them occasionally. It is no secret that pruning plants it encourages new growth. Herbs are no exception. So dry them, store them and add them to your cooking recipes! Click here for more: Herb Garden Information

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  • Dec

    Window Herb Garden

    Why a Window Box Herb Garden

    Growing your own window herb garden can be fun, rewarding and it can save you a lot of money. Any professional chef or even part time, for fun chefs can tell you that the most costly ingredients in any dish are the herbs. You may only use a pinch of this and a dash of that but initially you have to buy a whole container which is not cheap.

    That’s why many people choose to grow their own herbs. And not all of us have that large garden plot to grow our herbs, so many of us resort to window boxes, window sills or containers. For more informantion on Herbs and herb gardening visit Window Herb Garden

    Window herb gardens require only a pot to put the herbs in, of course the seeds, some fertilizer or just plain dirt, some water and a lot of love and attention. Herbs aren’t very difficult to grow. Provided they are not neglected too often, watered when they appear a little dry and given lots of sunshine in a bright window, you will find that they flourish quite easily without much effort.

    They Add Color

    Apart from the benefits to having a ready supply of herbs for cooking, herbs can add an array of color to your windowsill. Beautiful greens and whites, some yellows and other lush colors is what you get when you finally successfully grow all your own herbs in your window herb garden. The only difficult part is actually having to grow them! For more informantion on Herbs and herb gardening click here: Windowsill Herbs

    How To Start

    If you don’t have a green thumb and you have no idea how to grow anything at all, even weeds, then you should do a little research first. Most garden stores will have stock of window herb garden kits or pre planted herbs that just need water to get them to grow. But it is always a good idea to surf the net for ideas and information on growing your favorite herbs in your own window herb garden.

    It then becomes just as easy to get your own pot, seeds and soil and do it yourself. Once done you can then watch your own self made window herb garden blossom. This way you should always  have a good supply of your own flavorful herbs to use in the kitchen. They smell pretty good too!

    For more informantion on Herbs and Herb Gardening visit our homepage :Herb Garden Facts and grab yourself a free herb garden mini course.

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  • Nov

    Like any other plant, herbs come in annuals, biennials and perennials. There are many different types of herbs and each one is different. If you are interested in a specific type of herb, you should research that one to understand the care it needs and how to use it properly. This article will get you started in understanding general different types of herb plants and what they are used for. Annuals like basil, cilantro, and summer savory will not survive a frost. They need to be planted from a seed or a small plant every year. Perennials like sage and winter savory can survive colder temperatures and will return year after year. Click here for more: herb plant

    Biennials are Herb plants that only survive two seasons. In the first they form leaves and in the second, befor they die, flowers and seed. Sow biennials in late spring straight into the garden. Examples of biennials are angelica, parsley and caraway. Prepare the soil first by working it to a fine texture and wet it slightly.  Shallow plant the seeds in rows before firming the soil on top of them. Fine seeds can be planted in a mixture of sand which will allow them to spread more evenly. You can also cover the bed with wet burlap or paper in order to keep the soil moist during germination. You can categorize herbs by the groups for which they are used. Culinary herbs are probably the modt useful to herb gardeners. They provide a vast range of menu options in cookery.

    Because of their strong flavors, herbs like chives, thyme, basil, sage, savory, and marjoram are generally used in small quantities to add flavor to different types of food. Parsley is an extremely popular herb that is used mostly as a garnish. Fragrant herbs have wonderful smelling foliage or flowers. Oils from aromatic herbs like loyage, mint, and rosemary can be used to make different types of perfumes, toilet water, or other various scents. Parts of aromatic herb plants used intact can also be used in the home to scent linens or clothing. For more visit our blog: Herb Gardening Blog

    Drying them will allow them to retain their aroma for longer and be used in products such as potpourri.  Great herbs for this are lemon verbena and lavender. Some herbs are also used for medicinal purposes. For centuries herbs have been thought to have the ability to cure the body. Present medical knowledge recognizes that some herbs are beneficial to one’s health, others are overrated. Herbs used for medicinal purposes should be used carefully. Some herbs are harmless but others can be dangerous if eaten.

    Many herbs are used for entirely different reasons other than their fragrance healing properties or flavor. They can be used for their shear splendor. can have brilliantly colored flowes and foliage. Herbs like valerian have white flowers with crimson blossoms and borage and chicory have splendid blue flowers. While herbs can be categorized into these different categories of uses, many herbs have multiple purposes. For example, mint may be used for cooking, tea, and pest control. By taking the time to understand herbs, whatever your reason, you will be able to choose the ones most beneficial to you. Click here for more: Herb Gardens

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