How to Grow Herbs in Containers | Kelly Newbery | Skillshare
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6 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Growing Herbs in containers

      1:04
    • 2. Choosing your herbs

      1:03
    • 3. Materials you'll need

      1:29
    • 4. Planting your garden

      3:21
    • 5. Caring for your garden

      2:02
    • 6. Happy planting!

      0:57
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About This Class

Do you live in a small space but still want the luxury of your own home grown herbs? Or maybe you don’t want the hassle of a full blown garden but still want the benefits of fresh herbs? Then container gardening is for you!

In this class we’ll cover off how to successfully select, plant and grow your own container herb garden. It can be as big or small as you like. Growing your own herbs is an inexpensive way to add authentic flavour to your cooking.

This class is perfect for inexperienced gardeners or for foodies who want access to fresh herbs (without the price tag!). It’s also great for people that weren’t born with a green thumb and need some help getting started.

Transcripts

1. Growing Herbs in containers: way. Welcome to the class to learn how to grow herbs in containers. My name's Kelly Avery and I'm from teeth Plant. Reason I'm here today. Teaching in this class is because I've lived in apartments for the last 14 years, which means I'm never had access to it being God and to grow herbs. And I love God. So I've got to find different ways to God on in small Spaces and container gardens are right way to do that. So I love cooking, and I love using fresh herbs in my cooking, and I just find that when I buy them from the supermarket, either close to mount try end up wasting them from a really big bunch. So that's why I decided to stop growing herbs in containers and why you should consider doing it too now, told our friends in North America you'll have to forgive me, but I'm gonna roll with herds, not Earth, but each there are. So the class project is really easy. I want you to upload a photo of your finished her garden. I also wanted to list out which herbs you've decided to include, and why and how you care for them. So in role in this class and happy planting 2. Choosing your herbs: thanks so much for joining us for this class. The very first thing we need to do is to decide which herds were going to use for our garden. Now I like to choose a couple of different varieties so that I've got more to use in my cooking, and I encourage you to do the same. This three things to consider when you're deciding what herbs to using container gardening First up, some herds do better in containers. I've included a list in the arts section, so check out that list and if you can try and select from those options because they'll do best in a containing environment. Second, have a thing about the dried herbs that you buy frequently from the supermarket and have a think about what her use a lot, and they're the ones you should be pointing. The final thing to think about is you need to plant herds that are compatible together. For example, you don't want to plant herb that requires full sun with a herb that needs mostly shade or hope That's draft tolerant, with a heard that needs frequent watering. So in the Results section, I've included a list of different herds even group together to sort of get started, so make sure you check that out when you're making your decision. 3. Materials you'll need: Okay, so you're going to need a few different materials for this project in this class. The first thing you need is your herbs, as we've already discussed. So today I'll be using basil, chives and sage. I picked these three because they really well together. They all like a lot of sun, and they have similar watering requirements. Next up, you'll need some sort of soil. Teoh, plant your hoods. Now, when we say soil, I don't mean that you just dug out from the back of your garden. We actually need to be using more of a potting mix. So if you make your own pointing makes, you can add in a bit of peat moss with your soil and your dirt, and this will actually really give you a much nicer potting mix than just your old from the backyard. Optionally, you can add rebel rock stones, pebbles to the bottom off your container. Like I said, this is optional. If you're container has stacks of holes that will be sufficient for drainage. If it only has the one home, then you're going to want to put a couple of rocks. A layer rocks down the bottom just because parents don't like getting that they quit. So you don't want their roots sitting in Dan wet, uh, soil. Next, you need to select your container. The great things that container gardening with hoods is pretty much anything can be used. So anything from your cheap $1 bucket from your local nursery, right through to Nyssa ceramic or sort of plastic pots through to terra cotta pots. Really, it's up to you to decide what you want to use and what's going to look best in your garden . 4. Planting your garden: Let's get started planting out herds and containers. The first thing like I said, is, If you want to add a layer of gravel, rocks or pebbles, that's what you'll do. First, you want to have a nice, solid layer to the bottom off your pot. This is to make sure that your herbs will have nice, easy flowing drainage. Next up we're going to add in our potting mix, so I've actually added a bit off a peat moss to this potting mix. I always recommend using a premium potting mix. You want to fill your container up to about 3/4 of the way full next up. We need to decide where we're going to position our hurts. Within this pot, I always like to use seedlings rather than seeds. For a couple of reasons. Seems take ages to grow, and it's just no one year is satisfying. It's hard to know if you're doing things right if they're doing well because they take so long. So first thing I'm going to do is just take out one of my little sage plants just by gently pressing on the bottom of the container. Give it a bit of the squeeze if it's not coming out easily, and there we have. If you have a really big pot, it's a good idea to position your plants with the tallest in the middle, slowly trailing out to the shortest. It just tends to look visually more appealing. All right, so we'll move on to our vessel again. I'm just raising the bottom of the container, gently wriggling free and on trash hives. This step is just about positioning the hoods, figuring out where you want them to sit with. No, actually, get Doug any holes or anything like that. We'll do that now. So dig a little hole for your I first heard that you want to plan when you sit your herb into the hole. What you want is for it to lay flush, so you want a similar debt to the container that it actually came in. We don't want any extra covering up the actual plant, and we don't want it sitting above the dirt either. So gently pressed the soil down around your first plant and then do the same for the others that you're planting today. If when you take your herds out of their containers. The roots are really compact together. Just loosen them up slightly. The ones that I've been using today have already been really loose. But like I said, if it's compact, just give it a little tickle to sort of free up those words you were just gently pressing down. 5. Caring for your garden: Okay, So the last step, the plant in your goods is to water them in, give them a good drink and say how the soil settles. Sometimes when you water them in, the soil will settle a little lower, and you might need to add some extra can. So let's see how we go. All right, So he is your finished her got it. Next up will be covering off. How can you have gotten so flourishes and grows? Okay, so the first step securing your new container garden is, of course, watering it now. Soil in containers 10 straight a lot faster than soil in your garden. So do you keep that in the back of your mind? There's a few things you need to consider when you're deciding how frequently to water your plants, such as exposure to wind and rain, the type of plant type of soil, how dense the soil is. I've actually included a watering guide in the results section to make sure you download that and check it out as a general rule of thumb heads only bordering anyway, between once today and every three days, I'll start the best way to find out if your head needs bordering is actually just a stick your finger about a couple of centimetres or an inch into the soil and feel if it's wet or dry. If it's dry, give your hoods a bit of a water. We've obviously only just done these guys, so they're nice and moist. But that's one way to always check if your herb garden means bordering like I said, it was out of the clause. Different hoods have different son and like climbing, so make sure you check out the results I pulled together on the reasons his page, and this will step through the way you should be putting your friends and finally remember , your goods are being going to be so frequently trim them back in. Use that. Put the minion cooking, make sure that you're getting the most out of your garden and they'll do better. If you do. Trip back actually stimulates more growth 6. Happy planting!: thanks so much for coming along on the journey. And I'm really looking forward to seeing your gardens in the project gallery. So make sure you upload some photos when you can. I bought some other gardening classes on skill share. So if you've enjoyed this one, make sure you check it out. Thanks so much and happy planting.