Friday, July 5, 2013

Herbs: A Place to Begin... Where Should Herbs be Planted?

Being part of our county's Master Gardener Speakers Guild is a lot of fun. My program is titled "Herbs: A Place to Begin". It is for anyone who might be curious about growing herbs or is just beginning to use them. I give simple advice for ways to incorporate tasty herbs into your every day life. After such a sweet reception to my presentation, I will be adding regular posts about herbs.
The question this week:  Where Should Herbs be Planted?

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I like keeping most of my herbs in containers.  That way they can be taken in and out of the greenhouse, as needed, for protection against the elements.
Please keep in mind when purchasing an herb, you must read the label.  Whatever that little tag says about sunlight and water needs to be followed.  Those are the basic requirements.

If you are new to herbs, I would suggest you keep them almost in your way.  Someplace you won't forget about them!  They are so much more fun if you are USING them!  ;-)  Where can you put them that you see them all the time?  As you brush against them, you can smell the wonderful essential oils.  
  This time of year, my potted herbs are right outside my front door!

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They are so handy when I want to snip a few sprigs for My Water, or My Coffee or other tasty recipes!  When friends and neighbors visit, they almost always talk about the little pots of herbs, and, of course, take some home with them!

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My home happens to face the east.  Morning sun, afternoon shade.  It's a convenient spot to keep an eye on them and water as needed.

Check out my Recipes Page and  Gardening Page for more information and other ideas.  Please come back for other simple ideas and ways to add herbs into your everyday life!  I hope this post gives you... 

A Place to Begin!

;-)  -Marci


  1. Thanks for your post on herbs in containers...I love herbs the most I think. They not only are beautiful but most of them have really pretty flowers and you can eat them as well. So glad you're promoting some great plants!! :) (Love your container garden too!)

  2. I'm not very good at gardening, but sometimes seeing all the helpful tips on blogs and Pinterest make me want to give it another try.
    Thanks for the info!

  3. Marci, Your containers are a perfect way to grow herbs. I keep mine where they get a lot of light and not too much direct, hot afternoon sun. You're right about keeping them where you can see them and use them. If they are inconvenient, I tend to grab the dried ones.

    Happy gardening,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  4. I'm glad to know herbs do well in a container because i have never been able to get around to doing an herb garden in the ground. Will most herbs winter in the house or no?

  5. You've inspired me to pot up some herbs - and I love having a bed in the front garden - It's well established and I know when some one's coming up the front path - the scent of Rosemary and oregano proceeds them! Visiting from Creative Blog hop

  6. Your herbs are beautiful - and so useful too!

  7. Fresh herbs are the best. They look great in the garden, and they make your food taste so much better. Hope you have a great day.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

  8. I do pretty well with gardening, but herbs for some reason not so well. Right now I am having problems with basil. I also grow my herbs in containers. I do pretty good with Rosemary though. And mint grows like CRAZY in the ground here in SE Texas.
    Visiting from Inspiration Café.

  9. Love your herbs! So happy to have found your blog. New Follower!


  10. They are so beautiful and abundant! My mint is all dying... I wonder if I have it in too much/too little sunlight?

  11. I planted basil and oregano for the first time this year! I didn't know the oregano will come back year after year and spread - bonus! I was hoping to make some tomato sauce with them - along with the garlic in my garden. Thanks for sharing your story.

  12. Hi Marci,
    I planted a whole bunch of new-to-me herbs this year and the containers are really over grown... I've got to get them cleaned up. :( I'm going to check out your other posts.
    Happy Tuesday,
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama
    PS - Stopping by from Tuesday Trivia–North Carolina and Link Party

  13. Your plants are flourishing! I also enjoy growing herbs and use them all year round!

  14. Really pretty. You are multi-talented. I want my herb garden back.

  15. Your herbs look lovely, eating fresh from the garden is always lovely :) thanks for linking at inspiration cafe

  16. Thanks for the useful tips, I love growing my own herbs. ;o)

  17. Great tips about herbs!! I have just had to transplant some of mine from pots so this was perfect timing:)

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Inspiration Monday Party this week! I was so excited to guest host and to get to see so many fabulous new projects and blogs! Have a great week:)

    Krista @ the happy housie

  18. I have some thyme that is huge in front of my house -- I love brushing by it and my lavender and enjoying the scent!

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble's Healthy Tuesday Blog Hop!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  19. Hi Marci - you're being featured at Inspiration Cafe xx Nat

  20. I want an herb garden!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Fancy This Fridays!! We featured you today!!

  21. I made the mistake of planting herbs in the flower beds. I forget about them. I love Chives and so they will stay in the garden along with sage. Mint is terrible and needs containment. This year will be more in containers as you say, that way you tend to actually use them


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