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6 Herbs That Grow Together In A Pot

by ThatWoW Editorial Team
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Whether you’re an expert gardener, or someone who’s just looking to plant something without killing it (guilty as charged), herbs are the perfect plant to grow in a container or pot. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a huge backyard you want to plant it in, or if you’re living in a college dorm and just want a change of greenery.

Read on to find out which herbs can be grown in their own containers as well as part of a mixture of various other herbs! I guarantee you’re not going to kill them this time. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to have a few herbs on hand to make your cooking and baking more authentic!

1. Cilantro

Known as Mexican parsley, it’s a perfect combination to plant with other herbs like mint, basil, lavender, and dill. Never plant it next to fennel, as their competitive nature with each other will result in the drying out the short life span of both. Water it regularly, since cilantro loves moist, fresh soil.

To plant more than one cilantro in one container, make sure you space each one about 6 – 8 inches apart. Plus that cilantro lime dressing you’ve been dying to make is a nice change of pace in your cooking especially with the summer season!

2. Sage

Sage attracts insects and pollinators that can be beneficial to the growth of both this plant and other plants nearby.

Pro tip: sage doesn’t like well-fertilized soil, and prefers drained clean soil.

It grows very well with tomatoes, rosemary, strawberries, and even cabbage. And it’s perfect to incorporate in a divinely smooth sage and butter sauce with pasta. I think I went into a food coma by just mentioning this sauce.

3. Basil

This herb basks in the warm weather, and is perfect for growing in window boxes, shoe boxes or a container by the window! It’s very important to make sure that the soil isn’t too moist, and that it’s well-drained. As long as you don’t water it too frequently, and regularly change the saucer under the container, it’ll be a smooth herb journey for you.

Make sure you pluck of the flower once it starts to bloom. This is because the flavors of the leaf become more dilute as the flowers bloom. It grows well with Oregano, and putting it in a plant will speed up it’s already easy growth. Just imagine the perfectly topped pizzas and bruschetta you can make!

4. Rosemary

This herb is a woody shrub with foliage that looks like needles. It’s a wonderfully aromatic addition to chicken, flatbread and potato dishes as well! Many variations of rosemary grow straight up, but a few grow hunched over.

The best way to kill your rosemary is by overwatering it, so don’t. Rosemary needs moisture, not extremely wet soil. Try misting the herb at least 3-4 times a day. It seems like a lot, but it’s definitely worth it.

5. Thyme

It’s the perfect plant for container gardening since it’s drought resistant and low maintenance, and is somewhat OK with a certain level of neglect. I’m pretty sure that last part made a lot of you very happy.

Don’t overwater it, since it actually prefers somewhat dry soil and a lot of sunlight! Thyme is the perfect addition for fluffy delicious omelets with a crispy hash (worth the calories).

6. Mint

Mint has an aggressive growth where it basically takes over the development of other plants, even year later! It has to be put in its own container, so that this growth can be contained.

There are a wonderful variety of mints including peppermint, spearmint, mojito mint, chocolate mint and strawberry mint. These are perfect to flavor your ice-cold mojitos, considering the burning hot summer season. Use about two-thirds of potting mixture and one-third compost to create the potting mixture for your mint herbs.

I think this quote says it best, “Herbs are the friend of the physician and the friend of cooks.” It’s not difficult at all to plant your choice of herbs, as long as you mix and match the right ones in the same container!

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