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How to Plant an Herb Container Garden

Herbs have been grown all over the world for centuries for their flavor and goodness. Used in a variety of ways, such as our recipe for Herbal Sun Tea, you too can learn how to plant your own herb container garden.

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK BooksDorling Kindersley
Worldly HerbsDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Choose a variety of herbs to plant for this project. We used bergamot, epazote, mint, lemon verbena, lemon balm, catnip, borage and lemon grass. All of these herbs like to grow in full sun and prefer moist, well-drained soil mixed with a little grit. This project will take one day to complete.

Materials Needed:

  • old suitcase (or large planting container)
  • garbage bag
  • gravel
  • potting soil
  • herb plants of choice
  • small gardening shovel
  • paper
  • colored markers
  • toothpicks
  • glue

1. Prepare your container.

Ask an adult to drill holes in the base of an old suitcase. Place a trash bag inside and punch holes in it. Add a layer of grit and then fill the case with potting soil mixed with some grit.

Old Suitcase PlanterDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

2. Have fun with geography.

Imagine the surface of your suitcase is a world map. Arrange the herb plants you have bought according to the position of the country where they originated.

Suitcase Herb PlanterDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Create space for herb plants.

For each plant, make a deep hole in the soil that is large enough to fit the root ball. Water the plant, then gently squeeze it out of its pot and place the plant into the hole. Hold the plant by the root ball as you gently remove it from its pot.

Plant Herbs One by OneDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

4. Fill in the soil around the plant.

The base of the stem should be level with the soil surface. Once you've planted all your herbs, water them around their roots.

Suitcase Full of HerbsDK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

5. Decorate your garden.

Do a little research and make flags to show where the herbs originated. For example, borage originally came from Syria and epazote from Mexico.

Excerpted from Ready, Set, Grow! by DK Books

2010

Dorling Kindersley

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