Plant Half a Barrel of Culinary Herbs

Planting in a container gives frustrated city and apartment dwellers the chance to exercise their green thumbs. Container gardens give ambiance to patios and decks. First time gardeners may find that planting in pots is a less formidable task then tackling an in-ground garden. Container gardening is as diverse as the style and size of pots that are available. So take a moment, think about what you’d love to grow and then put it in a pot.

Most plants growing in a container require the same basic needs with just a few small adjustments for specific plants. Let’s begin with the 1-2-3's of gardening in a container.

Whether indoors or out, sun loving plants require around six hours of sun each day. Just as an outdoor garden or flower bed is all about location, the same can be said for a container garden. Good drainage looms next on the list of plant needs. Plants with their feet in water will not survive, but proper pot preparation takes care of any drainage problems. Good soil is as close as the nearest nursery or greenhouse. Choosing the plants may well be the most difficult aspect of gardening in a container.

Half a Barrel of Tea Herbs

Half barrels can usually be found at hardware stores, nurseries, or discount stores or lumber suppliers. The wooden half barrel keeps the hot sun from baking the soil unlike plastic containers and they have a charming, homey look to them. If possible begin by drilling 4 or 5 holes in the bottom of the barrel. Add a layer of gravel and you’ve accomplished good drainage for your container garden.


Purchase soil at any nursery or discount store. Garden soil tends to pack down hard unless sphagnum peat and sand are added. Mix in a good compost or well-rotted cow manure for a balanced plant diet. Fill the half barrel up to the rim with the friable mixture. Watering will compact the soil somewhat and if needed, add more soil later.

For a nice variety of culinary herbs plant common sage, chives, dill, lemon balm, oregano, savory, thymes and lots of basil. All the plants listed will be small plants purchased from a reputable nursery except for the basil. Sow basil seeds about the container, filling in the gaps.