Garden herbs like Oregano, parsley, mint, and basils enhance the flavor of tons of dishes. At times, they are the difference between a good dinner and an unforgettable one. And there’s nothing better if these herbs are freshly grown at your home rather than dried from the store.
Fortunately, you can keep most of these herbs in small pots, even in your little apartment. Moreover, you can grow a few of these together in a single pot. That would save you a lot of effort and some money too. But everything isn’t that rosy.
You can’t just grow any of the herbs you want together. There are certain factors based on which you group plants to grow together. Read on to know how you can choose these plants and which of your favorite ones you can grow together.
Why Can’t All Herbs Grow Together?
Having a container full of fresh mixed herbs is every home maker’s desire. But you can’t grow all kinds of herbs together in a plant. Some of you might wonder the reason behind that. Plants differ starkly in shapes, sizes, soil requirements, and such.
Growing tall herbs like fennel in small pots can be a catastrophe as the pot may fall over. Your plants should have common irrigation needs to grow well together. Herbs like Rosemary prefer a dry soil while basil and parsley thrive in moist conditions.
Then there are plants like mint who invade in the space of its companion plants. So you need to group herbs in such a way that they have similar, if not precisely, the same needs.
Herbs That Grow Together:
Fortunately, you’ll find a good variety of plants that can be segregated in different groups. Most of the herbs love sunlight, so that is one box checked for all. Here are a few herb combinations you’d like to grow together:
1. Mediterranean Herbs
Herbs from the Mediterranean region thrive in sandy and dry soil. They love each other’s company. And you’d be glad to know these are your favorite herbs like Rosemary, Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Lavender, Marjoram, etc. You can keep tiny creepers like Thyme with Rosemary and Sage, all of which grow quite slowly.
2. Deep-Container Herbs
Parsley is a biennial herb and can only live up to 2 years. While many of us love to grow the popular herb at our home, you should be prepared for it to leave. Its accompanying plants shouldn’t get affected by it. Rosemary and Chives are two plants you can grow in a wooden box with Parsley.
3. Moisture-Loving Herbs
Growing moisture-loving herbs like Parsley, Basil, Cilantro, and Tarragon is not for the procrastinators. You need to water them generously. But growing these together in a pot can save you a lot of effort of watering them separately. You just have to produce multiple basil plants if you desire to make fresh-from-home pesto. Prepare the Parsley herb’s departure before keeping others healthy while it leaves.
If there was a plant alter ego for someone as erratic and dominant as Sherlock Holmes, it has to be the Mint plant. It is a family of small herbs like peppermint, catmint, spearmint, orange mint, flavored mint, and so on. These plants spread out quickly sideways and are unsuitable for small pots.
They die as the pot prevents the sideways growth. Grow them in a long wooden box to give them enough space to grow sideways. The only thing you need to keep in mind when growing different mints together is that the flavors might fuse and you unearth some new varieties.
5. Lemon Scented Plants
A large lemon-scented plant called Lemon Verbena from South America takes the space of a whole pot, but you can add in small herbs of Lemon Thyme and other low-growing plants. These plants act as a spreading plant and help retain the moisture. The little herbs flow over the edges and provide the plant an excellent base to grow on.
Grouping herbs to grow together requires a bit of planning and preparation beforehand. But once you have done your research and practice right, you treat them as a single entity. Of course, that is in terms of maintenance while you reap benefits of your favourite home-grown herbs.