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Container Herb Garden with Recycled Plastic Containers

05.07.2013 · Posted in What's New with This Dame

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Don’t throw those plastic jugs away…they make perfect self-watering containers for growing herbs.  With the right soil combo and seeds you can grow your own herbs on your patio, porch or balcony.  It really is easy, cost effective and nothing beats cooking with fresh herbs.

There are a number of videos on YouTube demonstrating how to make a plant container with a water reservoir so that the plants soak up the water they need and you don’t have to worry about over-watering or under-watering them.  Also, the soil nutrients will not wash out from watering them from the top.  The soil mixture I used is Miracle Grow Potting soil and Peat Moss in 4:1 ratio.  In just one week all the seeds geminated.  The photo above was taken today, just 3 weeks since sowing the seeds.  There are half-gallon milk jugs with tarragon and sage, 1-gallon juice bottle with thyme, and  a Clorox bottle with cherry tomato.  I also have a milk jug of mint and one with dill.  Five gallon containers are holding Roma tomatoes and basil.  I also have rosemary and chives growing in regular planters.  Cilantro and Italian parsley will be added shortly.

Bugs are a major problem here in the tropics and diatomaceous earth which is food safe and organic works well.  A mosquito net works the best for big bushes like basil and tomatoes keeping the bug problem well under control.

I have a new solar dehydrator that a friend built from my plans and it will get a workout when the tomatoes are harvested.  Can’t wait.  I love sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, on focaccia and in couscous.

And so these herbs don’t go to waste I’ll be drying some for storage and preserving some in olive oil with feta cheese and olives and  selling some fresh herbs at the Sunday Farmers Market.

Check out this video on how to make self-watering containers…

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