Every spring I like to plant herbs to use in fresh recipes all summer long. Nothing beats fresh basil in a salad or rosemary infused chicken. Last year I created a kitchen container potager in a burlap planter, which ended up yielding a good amount of produce. However, with all of the heavy rain we had, moss started to grow on the outside of the burlap container, making it look pretty shabby by the end of the season.
This time, I decided to create a strawberry pot herb garden, taking up less space per plant than a regular planter, and hopefully looking a little better over time as well.
Large strawberry pot with numerous pockets and drainage hole
Herbs (as many varieties as pockets in strawberry pot, plus 2 or 3 more for planting in the top- chives, basil, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary, lemon balm, etc.) Note: resist mint or other herbs that are too vigorous
Gravel or small rocks (to cover drainage hole, plus more for watering channel)
Good quality potting soil
Cardboard roll (from paper towel or wrapping paper)
To begin with, place a small layer of rocks at the bottom of the strawberry pot to cover the drainage hole.
Next, add a base layer of potting soil (about 2″ deep). Start feeding one of the herb plants (trailing plants are good to start with) through a bottom pocket from the inside of the pot to the outside, being careful not to damage the foliage.
Continue planting until all the bottom pockets are filled, following with the top ones. Repeat the same process of feeding the plants from the inside of the pot to the outside.
If any herb plants are root bound, carefully pull some dirt away and loosen the roots before placing in the pot.
To create a watering channel, place the cardboard tube in the center of the strawberry pot, pushing down into the base layer of soil. It should be about 1-2″ from the top.
Fill the tube with rocks to the top. Begin adding potting soil around the tube, packing lightly around the plants as you move upward.
Finish by planting herbs in the top of the pot between the watering channel and the edge of the strawberry pot. It’s important not to crowd the plants so they have room to grow (I only planted two basil plants as they will fill in over time). Add more potting soil to fill in any gaps.
Give everything a light watering, both on the top of the pot (pouring slowly into the watering channel) and into each pocket. This gets water right to all of the roots rather than just the foliage. The cardboard tube will fall apart in no time, leaving just the rocks down the center.
Herbs like it best in a sunny spot and like to be moist, but not soggy. To use for cooking, simply cut or pinch off what’s needed. Most plants will re-grow throughout the summer. Keep them trimmed often for best results.
Want to see more gardening ideas like my strawberry pot herb garden? Come back tomorrow for the Outdoor Extravaganza Plants & Flowers link party. I can’t wait to see all your inspiring projects!
As well, check out these other ideas for creating a container herb garden by some of my fellow bloggers.