Master Gardener Tips

Look like a Master Gardener with these 5 tips and easy to grow herbs. (Not everything needs to be complicated)

 

The 5 herbs in this blog are companion plants. These herbs do very well when planted together. When planted together it is believed that they give off good vibrations that help them grow healthy and strong. The herbs require the same light, soil and water. If you are growing them separately make sure the containers are at least 7 inches across or more when putting them outside. 

The five herbs I used in order are lavender, oregano, sage, rosemary and basil.

 

 

Potted Lavender

 

 

#1.  Proper drainage - Make sure there are holes at the bottom of the pot for proper drainage. If in a large container do not put rocks in the bottom. That causes problems with drainage. 

 

  

                  

Potted Oregano
#2.  Purchase fresh, fertilized potting mix. Don't use packaged garden soil or even potting soil. Check the ingredients to make sure. Potting mix will be soilless, lightweight, contain peat moss, sphagnum moss or vermiculite.   Miracle Grow potting mix is a good start. 
Potted Sage

 

 

 

 

#3.  Where you put your potted plants matter. These plants like sun. Put them where they will get 6-8 hours of sun. Morning sun is my favorite. Afternoon sun tends to be a little harsher and hotter.

  

  

Potted Rosemary

 

 

#4. Doing deadheading and pinching. What is deadhead and pinching?  Pinching is when you remove the tips of the plants and deadheading is removing the buds and blooms. Doing this is important. It will help the plant fill out. It also keeps them from getting scraggly looking. 
 
 
Basil view from the top

 

 

#5. Fertilize sparingly - These herbs don't like a rich soil. But because they are in a container the nutrients can be depleted fertilize in about 6 weeks.

 

 

 

  

Bonus Tip - If you are using a new clay pot soak it in water. Wait until no air bubbles emerge. Air dry. If you skip this the pot will take the water away from the plant.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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