Tips For Planting A One Pot Container Herb Garden

Growing your own herbs is a great way to save money at the grocery store.  I have a vegetable garden but I always have a planter of my most used cooking herbs on my deck for convenience (it’s right outside of my kitchen).  Growing herbs in containers is a great idea if you don’t have room for a garden – you can grow them on your deck (like me), a patio or a balcony. Here are my tips for growing a container herb garden.

How To Plant A Container Herb Garden: 6 Great tips for planting a container herb garden. This is a great idea for patios, decks, and balconies!

You could plant each herb in a separate pot but why not plant them in a one pot container herb garden.

Container Herb Garden

Here are 6 tips to help you get started with planting your very own container herb garden!

1. Use transplants – you’ll be able to harvest sooner if you use seedlings from your garden center.  Some herbs are hard to grow from seed so transplants are a good way to start herb gardening especially if you’re a beginner.

Using transplants for a container herb garden

2. Use good potting soil that drains well not soil from your yard.

3.  Choose the right pot. If you’re planting several different herbs in one pot you need to give our plants some room to grow. So choose an appropriate pot size. Also, I know galvanized tubs are popular to plant in but they get hot and dry out quickly in my Zone (7b) so depending on where you are located, you may need to water them more frequently. Same thing with dark colored pots.

4. I use old soda cans & pine cones  to fill the bottom of my large pots. That way I don’t have to fill the entire pot with soil and the pot isn’t too heavy.  They’re easy to remove if at the end of the season you want to dump your dirt out.  You can also use packing peanuts. I find them horribly messy when you need to dump the soil from a pot  unless you contain them in a mesh bag or something first, so I don’t use them. Fill your pot with soil. Then get to planting!

rosemary planted in a container herb garden

5.  Grow what you like to use. Technically you should plant the herbs that like to dry out in between watering together (like rosemary and thyme) in one pot and the ones like parsley and chives that like constant moisture in another pot. But I’ve been planting  all my herbs together for years and never had a problem.

6. Herbs  need a good amount of sun – 6 hours or so.  If you live some place with very hot summers they may need to be shaded mid day. That’s why I put my large pots on casters so I can move them around as needed.

basil planted in a container garden

This pot has rosemary, lavender, sage, basil, curly leaf parsley & flat leaf parsley.  I have a raised bed in my vegetable garden where I grow more herbs but these are ones we use all the time for cooking.

Tips for Plant A Container Herb Garden

Here is the same pot a few weeks later!

container herb garden

The Washi Tape Herb Markers makers were easy to make!

DIY Washi Tape Herb Markers for Your Container Herb Garden

You can use paint sticks  (I just happened to find a gardening gift set at Goodwill that had plant markers in it) and paint them the color of your choice. You’ll also need Washi Tape and a permanent marker.

DIY Washi Tape Herb Markers

I wrapped Washi Tape around the top (I chose black since my container is black), write the name of the the plant, wrap more Washi Tape under the plant name (seal if you like but I didn’t seal mine). That’s all!

How To Plant A Container Herb Garden

Remember, herbs like being pinched back so the more you pick the more you get!

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Tips for planting a container herb garden


I’m so anxious to plant my herb garden but I can’t just yet. We are moving 900 miles late May so I’m in limbo at the moment. Seeing your herb garden and reading your fantastic tips just gets me excited and anxious. This post is a keeper for me, thanks for sharing! -Bev

Thanks Yvonne! I like to have some herbs close by – makes it easier than having to go down stairs and all the way into the vegetable garden when you need a pinch of basil.

Your plants look so healthy and I like the markers. Not enough sun in courtyard here to grow them. Love rosemary, but killed every plant I tried to grow here.

I love herb gardens no matter the size! I also have a large herb garden and sometimes I plant a small one too. Don’t know if I will this year though. Thanks for sharing. And those markers are so cute!

I just did some herbs in recycled tin cans for my daughter for Mother’s Day, Manuela! I bought those same plants you show. I adjusted the size by removing some dirt to fit in the cans and kept a portion of the basil for myself. I just need a pot for it now and I’ll probably keep it in the kitchen. A container planting of herbs would work well for me because we are in a condo and the planting space around it is limited.

The one thing that I’m pleased to say that I can pretty well grow and maintain is my deck full of herb containers. Since you are the master gardener, I will definitely pin these tips because I will take all the help I can get.

How smart to grow herbs, I’d love to. I was told about some herbs that would be good, help with lymphedema in my left foot/ankle/calf. Your markers are so great. You must have green thumb. I forget my plants so they usually die of thirst, lol. I’m pinning this so I can print these tips out when I get another cartridge for printer,(boy have cartridges gone up in Grand Junction. I order them from HP now at price they’ve been for couple years, get them in couple days, no s&h).
Great post and so helpful. Happy days

Yes, herbs have a variety of uses besides culinary. You might want to look into essential oils as well. Cartridges are crazy expensive!

I really need a little herb garden all in one place and I love your ideas. Now I just have to go out and buy the herbs.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Very cute little herb garden! I like to have some combination pots on my deck as well but then I have more planted in my big garden so that I will have plenty for drying for the year.

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