Combine Big Flavors in Small Places

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour

 

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Grow a collection of your favorite kitchen herbs by combining them in containers. Most herbs are willing to share quarters as long as they get plenty of light. Pair upright herbs like basil or dill with dwarf parsley or creeping thyme to ensure the herbs receive ample light.

Use any container with drainage holes in the bottom that is at least 12” deep and 14” wide. This size container requires about 15 quarts of potting soil. Metal tubs, half-barrel type planters, and even an old wheelbarrow fitted with drainage holes can make great containers for mixtures of flavorful herbs.

If you’re just getting to know culinary herbs, start with these combinations, and then use your appetite and your imagination to fill more containers with other easy-to-grow plants.

Three Easy Ways to Combine Herbs in Containers:

  1. If you love pizza and pasta, combine green-leafed ‘Genovese’ basil with oregano and parsley. The more the basil and oregano are picked, the more leaves they will produce.
  2. Gardeners who love to barbecue often reach for assertive herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme, which grow nicely when planted in the same pot. Tie stems together into a small bunch and use it as a barbecue brush. Woody rosemary stems can be used as skewers, too.
  3. Planning to make pickles? Dwarf ‘Fernleaf’ dill will produce plenty of leaves and flowers, and you can pair it with any type of basil to make pickled cucumbers or beans, or zesty herb vinegars.

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