Growing herbs in the Houston area in containers: Herbs do very well in containers. Here are some handy tips we have learned about these past few weeks from experts Ann Wheeler of Log House Herb Farms and Mary Versfelt Herb Society of America – South Texas Unit:
1. Herbs need lots of sunshine, at least 4-6 hours per day.
2. Well drained soil is a must. Avoid planting them in containers that do not drain well.
3. Choose a potting mix that is light, airy and drains well.
4. Keep herbs spaced apart so that air circulates freely around them.
5. Use large pots. Herbs are like weeds and have an extensive roots system. They need space to grow. We recommend clay pots because the provide aeration and good drainage.
6. Mulch – spread 2-4″ of mulch on the top of the soil. According to Mary Versfelt, herbs that prefer a drier climate and heat, do well when gravel or small stones are used as mulch.
The Herb Society has page dedicated to growing herbs in the Houston area.
Looking for seed kits to start your herbs? Check out the Garden in a Bag or Window Gardens at Olive Barn. Free shipping on orders of $50 or more.
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