Spring Garden Project: Herb Container Garden

Article Posted By: Laura Sullivan

of The Home Depot

Container herb gardening works great for those who like to spend most of their time in the kitchen—or anyone who wants to add invigorating aroma and color to their outdoor space. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create your own herb container garden—and check out our downloadable Herb Container Garden recipe card from the Garden Club.

Here’s what you’ll need for the herb container garden:

Herb Seeds/Plants (see instructions below)
Lightweight Pots in Various Shapes and Sizes
Potting Mix

Consider a Container for Mobility

Most herbs need five hours of full midday sun to produce the best flavor and growth. They can be planted indoors in containers, then moved outside when it warms up.

Select Your Herbs

Consider separate containers for each herb species. If you plant your herb garden in one large container, group herbs with similar growing requirements for more efficient plant care.

Plant Your Herbs

Transfer your plants to their containers according to the package directions.

Be Soil Savvy

For herb container gardens, choose a light potting soil with a high sand content to ensure good drainage. An organic fertilizer will add nutrients and encourage growth.

Water Properly

Don’t over-water your herb container garden, and do encourage proper drainage. Wait until the soil is dry down to a depth of approximately ½ inch, then water thoroughly until soil is moist.

We have a handy page online that collects all the materials you need for this herb container garden, or visit your local Home Depot store.

Check out other garden projects here on The Home Depot blog. And be sure to sign up for The Home Depot’s Garden Club, where you can get special offers, discounts and expert advice. Also, join the conversation about herb container gardening on our forums.