Planting an Herb Pot

A single pot can provide a home for an exciting range of aromatic herbs for your kitchen or patio.

From: DK Books - Fruits and Vegetables

Step 1: Prepare Herb Pot

Prepare Herb Pot for Planting

Prepare Herb Pot for Planting

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare Herb Pot for Planting

Choose a large container with holes in the sides for trailing plants and drainage holes in the base. Add some broken clay pot pieces to the bottom, and fill with multipurpose or soil-based compost to just below the holes.

Step 2: Side-Plant in Holes

Side Planting in Herb Pot

Side Planting in Herb Pot

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Side Planting in Herb Pot

Creeping and trailing plants will slot perfectly into the holes. Knock them from their pots, roll the leafy stems in newspaper to protect them and push them through the holes. Remove the newspaper and repeat for each hole.

Step 3: Cover Roots With Soil

Cover Roots of Herbs in Herb Pot

Cover Roots of Herbs in Herb Pot

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cover Roots of Herbs in Herb Pot

Add compost to cover the roots and firm well. Level the surface and try out different arrangements of herbs on top while they are still in their pots. Consider their final heights and spreads before settling on a design.

Step 4: Water and Position

Place in Herbs and Water Pot Well

Place in Herbs and Water Pot Well

©2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2012, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place in Herbs and Water Pot Well

Water the herbs, remove them from their pots, and plant in their final positions. Fill around the root balls with compost, ensuring stems and leaves are not buried, and firm in. Stand the pot in its final position and water well.

Next Up

Rx for Unhappy Herbs: How to Help Your Basil Bounce Back

Even the most tenacious, drought-tolerant herbs have their limit.

Edible Displays: Mini Herb Garden

Perfect for beginners, herbs are resilient, can be picked over a long season and are always useful in the kitchen.

Family Planting: Herb Border

A herb garden is a feature the whole family can enjoy.

Create a Stunning Herb Container Garden

Make it easy to snip a handful of fresh herbs while you're cooking — keep this fragrant herb garden on the deck or patio.

Bold and Colorful Herbs

Experiment with color when planting herbs. A simple color scheme in a random pattern makes a dramatic statement.

How to Plant an Herb Container Garden

Herbs have been grown all over the world for centuries for their flavor and healthful benefits. Learn how to plant an herb container garden.

Herb Garden Design Ideas

Explore what you need to design healthy, prolific and eye-catching herb gardens

Culinary Planting

Planting herbs you regularly use for cooking is fresh and a great way to always have them on hand.

Start a Mason Jar Herb Garden

Move your herb garden indoors using recycled canning jars.

How to Plant a Mini Herb Garden for Your Porch

Skip the dried, store-bought herbs and pick yours straight from your own miniature portable garden.