A month ago I rounded up all my pots and my herbs and made a container herb garden. I planted some with seeds - some new and some not so fresh - and some of the seeds have sprouted and grown, while others didn't. Here's what's happening in the herb garden in June.
I planted some calendula seeds in a terra cotta pot that my children painted many years ago as a 4H craft. The year-old packet of calendula seed was rediscovered when I was cleaning out a drawer a few months ago; I am really surprised they grew, but I figured I might as well give the seeds a try.
The marigold seeds are newly-bought, yet only one grew. It's kind of spindly looking. I need to plant more seeds; I had planned to transplant some into the veggie garden.
I planted several sweet basil seeds in this rusty white enamel pot. Evidently when I watered it, the seeds were washed to one side. There are no plants in the middle, one on one side and all the rest are in this clump. I've moved one to another pot and will move a couple more of these to thin them out a bit. I use a lot of basil so I don't mind having extra plants, and the more pots in the herb garden, the merrier.
This strawberry pot is cute but not very functional. When I water it, the water and the soil run right out the holes. I tried to "fix" it with some cardboard pieces placed strategically to hold in the soil, but it was only semi-successful. Still, there are some little seedlings in the holes: a purple basil that might be opal or cinnamon basil, and another kind of green basil.
On my kitchen windowsill I have a pot of lemon balm and another of chocolate mint. I cut the runners off the chocolate mint and stuck them in a pot (above), and divided the lemon balm and put the smaller plant in another pot (below). I'm sure that's not the recommended way to propogate lemon balm, but it worked. Both new plants are growing well. The lemon balm prefers a little more shade than it gets in this location, so I keep it behind a bigger pot.
Do you have rosemary growing? What's your secret to keeping it alive?
You might also enjoy:
The New Herb Garden
The Herb Garden in June
The Herb Garden in July
The Herb Garden in August
The Herb Garden in Late September
Ten Ways to Use Basil
How to Dry Homegrown Herbs
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