HOW TO PLANT A POTTED KITCHEN GARDEN

May 1, 2015

Gardening

Plant a lush potted kitchen garden complete with all the essential cooking herbs for fresh summer taste all year round.

I really can’t tell you how deep my love affair with herbs goes. I really love anything herby, and therefore we use a lot of herbs to cook with in this household! We always plant a new selection of herbs each spring, but late frost this year really shocked our plants and they’ve been slow to recover. So we brought some herbs inside, to create a potted kitchen garden that can sit in a windowsill or on the counter, and can be planted in the ground later in the summer when the plants get big. I’ve included the essentials in this post: basil, parsley, mint, and oregano, but sage, rosemary, and thyme are also top players as well! Keep reading for tips on keeping your herbs happy and alive while inside…

Plant a lush potted kitchen garden complete with all the essential cooking herbs for fresh summer taste all year round.
Plant a lush potted kitchen garden complete with all the essential cooking herbs for fresh summer taste all year round.

GROWING CONDITIONS

Make sure to put your herbs sit in a window that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day, with well-draining soil that remains moist (but not soggy)! Once your plants reach 6 inches tall, pinch of the top pair of leaves to prevent the plant from becoming leggy. For parsley and mint, cut lower to the ground to stimulate stronger new growth.

WHEN TO FERTILIZE

Fertilize your plants around every two weeks with a carefully mixed solution to prevent the herbs from burning. The easiest way to do this is with the Miracle-Gro Liquafeed Universal Feeder, which you can attach to your hose to ensure an even application of fertilizer that you can use on any plant. Just bring your plants outside and water your herbs with the rest of your garden, then let them drain completely.

WHEN TO TRANSPLANT

After a couple of months, check the bottom of your herb pots to make sure the plant roots are starting to show up in the drainage hole. This is a sign that your plant is becoming root bound, and you’ll want to either move them to a larger pot (two in. larger so they’re not overwhelmed), or outside in your garden. Otherwise, keep your herbs trimmed down to ensure that they don’t get too big!

Plant a lush potted kitchen garden complete with all the essential cooking herbs for fresh summer taste all year round.
Plant a lush potted kitchen garden complete with all the essential cooking herbs for fresh summer taste all year round.
Plant a kitchen herb garden complete with all of the fresh herbs you need for tasty summer cooking.
Plant a kitchen herb garden complete with all of the fresh herbs you need for tasty summer cooking.

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If it waters, now it feeds with Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed Universal Feeder. It’s a great tool to help you reach your gardening goals by providing the essential nutrients your plants need to thrive all season long.

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  • Thanks for the advice! I hope I can try it some day!
    Lots of love, xx

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  • But my question is, does this work for cactus plants?!?! LOL. I seriously want a few. 🙁 And I wonder if it’s worth going out and buying them or investing in a bit of self-(very humble, ha!) pride and planting a few instead! What do you think?

    • Yes!! But you would need to make sure your pots had drainage holes (just put some gravel or pebbles in the bottom) and then don’t water your cactus/succulents!! That is the hardest part – you have to practically ignore them, but around 1-2 times a month give them a nice drink of water and let them drain completely!