growing herbs

Your One-Pot Herb Garden

Growing herbs is one of the easiest ways to get started with a backyard (or balcony) garden. Here are four you can grow in just a single pot.

By Jeff Csatari

Your One-Pot Herb Garden

A pot full of easy-to-grow herbs will help you shed pounds and introduce you to gardening, the easy way.

Sure, there's a science to growing herbs, but it's not hard to learn. Herbs are probably the easiest foods to grow if you've never gardened before and don't require much attention or space. If you have a sunny window or a small patio, you can grow multiple varieties and use them in your cooking throughout the growing season.

Follow these simple steps from Cynthia Sandberg, the founder of, to pack your meals with flavor without packing on the pounds.

You'll need . . .

A round, 15-gallon planter with holes in the bottom
A 1.5-cubic-foot bag of organic potting soil (try Organic Mechanics)
A container of liquid organic vegetable fertilizer (we like Terracycle)
Two baby plants each of any four herbs. Try basil, oregano, parsley, and thyme.

1) Plant your herbs. Think of the planter as a clock face: Place the first pair of herbs at 12 and 1 o'clock, the second pair at 4 and 5 o'clock, the third at 8 and 9 o'clock, and the last pair in the middle. Plant each at least an inch deeper than it was in its original pot. Handle the plants and soil gently, so you don't compact the soil.

2) Keep the herbs hydrated. A good rule of thumb: For their first drink, give the plants 10 gallons of water, split between morning and evening. After that, add a gallon of water whenever the soil 2 inches below the surface is dry--roughly every 2 to 3 days in warm weather.

3) Keep the herbs fed. A twice-monthly shot of diluted liquid fertilizer will help revive crispy or yellow-looking herbs.

Keeping soil loosely packed lets oxygen reach the roots so plants grow.

Still confused? Check out this easy video how-to:

For more tips on growing herbs, check out:
How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden
3 Ways to Keep Your Favorite Herbs from Going Extinct
Brew Healthy Tea from Kitchen Herbs


Published on: March 28, 2012

More from our Authors

Ready to turn your tired soil into no-toil garden gold? Learn how you can enjoy bumper crops, less watering and fewer weeds in one easy step.

10 gallons of water????

10 gallons of water???? Seems like a lot to me.

Free Download!
Sign up for our free newsletters and get a FREE guide to herbs for your pets. Shower your furry friends with love using natural food, care tips, and treats! Click here for the 6 herbs your pet needs to be happy and healthy, naturally.

Free Newsletter
Sign up for the FREE daily newsletter and get useful tips to keep yourself, your family, and the planet healthy and thriving.

  The Daily Fix
Authoritative reporting on the latest developments in health, food, and the environment

  Maria's Farm Country Kitchen Newsletter
Get cooking tips, learn about healthy living and even raising chickens—Maria does it all!

You may unsubscribe at any time.

Your Privacy Rights. About Us.