I have a relatively large backyard for living in an urban area, yet my herb gardens live in pots. There are many reasons for this, but I first became a believer in the potted herbs after my first attempt at growing them. I had purchased seedlings and planted them hoping to serve more flavorful dishes to my family without handing over $3.00 every time a recipe called for fresh herbs. It was going well, my plants were growing, and then June appeared and brought with it a rash of thunderstorms. One thunderstorm in particular sent high winds and hail whipping through my backyard and, subsequently, my herb garden. That was the end of my first herb garden.
Ever since that first year, I’ve gone to planting my herbs in easily transportable pots. When the thunderstorm comes brewing, I’m out there ushering them under the eaves of the house to protect them from any harsh elements. I’ve even had them spend a night in the kitchen until it was safe to come out the next morning. Yes, I cherish my herb gardens.
First, get your pot of choice and your seedlings. I have a mix of seedlings from seeds and starter plants from our local farmer’s market.