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Best Herbs for Your Container Garden

Container gardening is a fabulous and practical way to grow herbs. You can easily move the containers around the area (into warm, sunny or the shadier areas depending on the time of day).The best place to locate the containers to encourage you to use them regularly when cooking, is as close to the kitchen or front door as possible. This will also make watering and caring for them easy and convenient.

Here are popular herbs to plant in containers:

MINT: Makes a fabulous tea and is great with new potatoes and summer berries… keep it from flowering by pinching it back.

SAGE: This herb also needs to be pinched so it doesn’t flower. Plus, cutting it regularly keeps it from becoming woody too soon. Sage dries really well.

ROSEMARY: This herb dries perfectly and holds its taste all winter. Or, bring it inside in the autumn and grow on a sunny window sill.

THYME: Thyme will thrive in a container and needs minimal watering.

BASIL: Summer isn’t summer without fresh basil in your salad (delicious) and a batch of pesto in your pasta. Basil likes plenty of water.


This scrumptious pesto recipe is taken from

Combine 3 cups of packed fresh basil leaves, 4 gloves of garlic,¾ cup of grated Parmesan cheese, ½ cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor. Blend to a smooth paste.