Herbs in Traditional or Hydroponic Containers
Advantages of growing in containers
The advantages of growing your herbs in containers are numerous. It is a
fact container-grown plants usually need more frequent watering and
fertilization you have a lot more control over pests and disease problems.
And the water problem can easily be solved by starting Hydro or Aqua phonic.
Containers can be used inside and out
Herb containers are perfect in the garden or on the patio as well. You can
take your plants wherever you want them, indoors during the cold winter
months, and arrange them in the sun or shadow according to their needs and
the season. I was triggered to try herbal hydroponics because it gives you
so much room to experiment. The variable of soil structure and soil
composition are eliminated. But growing in traditional containers is still
something I love.
Arrange or Rearrange as you like
Pots can be moved to more desirable locations when weather dictates: into
the shade when its too hot and into the sun as the season progresses and
sunny areas become overshadowed by trees, shrubs, or walls. Using containers
and a plant stand gives you more space for more variety in addition to
letting you garden while standing upright.
Another great advantage containers have is that they keep the very
aggressive growers, like the invasive but great with meat herb mint in
Use Containers for all Invasive plants
Although it's not the topic of this page keeping plants that are know to be
intrusive and develop strong, large root systems can best be held in
containers. You can even sink them into the ground if you dislike the sight
of the pot.
When planting an herb pot, select a container with at least a one-gallon
capacity. Instead of compost, one part perlite to three parts nutrient rich
potting soil gives herbs the drainage they need. Plant herbs in two parts
potting soil with one part perlite or coarse sand. An inch of small gravel
in the pot bottom ensures good drainage for your culinary herbs. Plant only
one variety of cooking herb per container.
Growing these plants indoors or semi indoors is a great way to get to know
the special characteristics of the different species. Almost all annual and
perennial cooking herbs do very well in a container. Herbs like Rosemary,
Thyme, Basil or mint they all do very well in a pots. The two essentials are
light and water. For some people the latter seems problematic.
Grow your herbs Hydroponic
The solution to this problem is to grow herbs "soil-less" or hydroponic.
This method of growing puts the plants on top of a solution of water and
nutrients. This means that you have total control whatever the herb stores
in it cells. No need to worry about poisoned soil lack or abundance of
nutrients, with these systems you are really the master.
General information about
Faster Growing - Better Taste
Hydroponic grown herbs even grow about 50% faster then their traditional
grown cousins. And contrary to some street wisdom they taste great, and not
at all like water.
As with all living things there are no hard and fast
rules to give, guidelines are the maximum you will find. The question how to
grow cooking herbs in a container is best answered with the advise read
about the herbs you want to grow.
Use an aqua phonic grower
traditional containers and just do it.