Are you ready for spring? I am! I’m getting ready with this fun herb garden and printable herb companion cheat sheet.
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Herbs are great for container gardening
I recently posted about how I wish I had time to grow my own vegetables. While I don’t have the time or space to do that right now, I can manage to grow an herb garden.
My lanai is perfect for a container garden like this one. My hope is that by growing my own herbs, I can save just a little bit of money each week at the grocery store. I’m also hoping it will be a fun little bonding experience for me and my favorite helper.
Update- we’ve been gardening together for 3+ years now and he’s still a great helper!
Robert loved picking out the herbs for this easy container herb garden.
I did give him a little direction when it came to picking out herbs. I wanted to keep my herb garden as simple as possible by pairing similar herbs together. I’ve killed enough plants to know that it’s important to pay attention to water and sunlight needs.
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Herb companion cheat sheet
Since I’m determined to keep these herbs alive, I made sure to pair herbs together that have similar sunlight and water needs. To make it easy for you to do the same, I’ve put together this cute little printable for you to keep with all your gardening supplies.
Print your own copy here: Herb companion cheat sheet
I laminated mine (with this at home laminator) and put it my garage with everything I need to garden. It’s great to have it near all my gardening supplies so I don’t have to get my phone dirty to double check water and sunlight requirements.
What herbs grow well together?
Plants the need the same amount of water and sunlight make great companion plants for container gardens. Here are some herbs that grow together:
- Sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano and lavender can all grow together in full sun and dry soil.
- Tarragon, cilantro (the one herb of mine that always dies), basil, parsley and chives can all grow together in partial sun and moist soil.
- Mint is best grown alone because it is a greedy little spreader.
Save money by growing your own herbs
Robert is having fun helping me take care of the herbs so far. I hope this will be a fun lesson in responsibility for both of us. I like to think we will have a good experience watering them and snipping them for recipes. And of course, I’m super pumped to have access to fresh herbs instead of buying them at the grocery store. I hate spending money on herbs!
A typical herb plant costs anywhere between $2-6 and continues to provide fresh herbs. Compare the with the typical price of cut herbs that also cost anywhere from $2-6 and only last about a week.
Next step is to attempt vegetables. Or maybe not! I need to master herb gardening first. Baby steps, right?
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