Renewing the herb garden
Even though perennials return year after year, they are not forever. Eventually old age or inclement weather takes its toll. It seems that my on-the-deck herb garden has reached it’s expiration date and is in serious need of refreshing. That’s my project for the weekend.
Some of the herbs that I’ve grown were plopped into pots in a rather topsy-turvy fashion. With the summer heat here it takes a lot of watering keep the smaller pots going, and some things just didn’t make it, whether from erratic watering or just plain old age. This year I’m going to try to be a bit more organized and make the herbs a little easier to care for.
I’m fortunate to have a good friend and neighbor who is a serious plant person, and gardener, with a garden consulting business–Sharyn Caudell at Gardener to Go. She’ll look over your garden space and give planting advice, show you how to plant, make suggestions about what to plant and where to plant it. I’m shamelessly taking advantage of her know-how to improve my herb plantings on the deck. In exchange for some help on one of her projects she’s made suggestions about how I can improve the container herb garden. She is going to do a post on growing herbs in containers for us.
First thing on the list was bigger pots with several plants in each so that there will be less watering. I’m sure that some of my herbs that were in smaller pots bit the dust because of erratic watering during the last summer. Others were just old plants–even perennials don’t last forever.
For my plants, it’s a trip to Gunter’s Greenhouse and Garden Center since their plants are locally grown. They will have big bags of soilless mix for potting too. Then it’s time to get my hands in the dirt–well, the potting mix.