Fresh aromatic herbsA small window is enough to accommodate a composition of aromatic plants and herbs that you can enjoy throughout the summer.

Where to grow my herbs?

All types of containers are suitable , provided the soil is at 20 inches deep for small plants (basil , chives, corsican mint, oregano, flat and curly parsley, salad burnet , savory, thyme) and 30 cm deep for faster growing ones (dill , chervil, coriander , tarragon, lavender, lemon balm , mint, oregano, pepper , sage) . A tray of 50 cm is necessary if you want to let your bay laurel or rosemary plant grow for several years because they form generous bushes.

Good to know: because of their strong root system, angelica and horseradish rarely give good results in trays. They are therefore not recommended.
For the season , you can make a nice composition in a conventional planter 60-80 cm long and 20-25 cm wide and deep.


Setting up the plants

First, verify that the selected container has one (or more ) hole for draining excess water .
At the bottom of the container, place a 3 to 5 cm bed of thick gravel or expanded clay balls to ensure good drainage and slow compacting of the soil.
Fill the planter with soil (those made for geraniums work well, as do a mixture of equal parts of river sand (available in aquarium and garden stores ) , garden soil, peat moss and potting soil). You can also add two handfuls of organic fertilizer (we like to use composted manure enriched with algae, but any organic fertilizer should do) .
Create a decor by spacing the plants 20 cm apart. Alternate one small spreading species with a larger one, so as to create a pleasant pace.
Place the plants in the soil , burying the root ball about 1 cm underground and tamp well with your fingers so that the roots are well placed and in contact with the substrate.

Good to know: if during the transplanting your plant has a lot of roots firmly wrapped and forming a knot around the root ball, you must unravel the roots or cut the base off the root ball in order to allow the formation of new rootlets and ensure the plant can settle into its new environment.


Maintenance

Water generously to finish. Water must flow through the pot . Do not forget to drain the surplus that is in the saucer. Herbs enjoy a full sun exposure . Water every three days when the temperature is below 25 ° C , then every other day until 28/30 ° C and every evening on a hot day. Make sure to water the leaves as well (except basil, where watering the leaves will make the leaves rot) .
To help the plant grow, dilute a cap of liquid fertilizer ( suitable for herbs) in a large watering can (8/10 l). A general fertilizer could also be used. Use this kind of diluted fertilizer solution at each watering.”

A practical hint: to prevent soil from spilling over the side of the pot when watering, cover the soil in the pot with white gravel. As an added bonus, this which enhance the texture of the plants at the same time.


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