Saturday, November 27, 2010

Container Herb Garden Is Versatile, Adaptable, and Mobile - part 2

Steps to Creating a Container Herb Garden:

* Container or pot

* Gardening Trowel

* Gardening Pruners or Shears

* Drill

* Gravel or small rocks

* Mesh screen, pantyhose, nylons, or something similar

* Potting Soil or potting medium or a good soil full of organic matter

* Disposal Diaper or a 'Soil Moist' product

* Herb Plants

* Fertilizer unless it is in your potting medium

* Water

* Plant dollies for large containers

* Saucers or something for the container or pot to sit on

Ideas for Containers or Pots: traditional flower pots, planters, kettles, teapots, shoes, boots, seashells, milk cartons, pop bottles, tree stumps, wagons, wheelbarrows. Anything that will hold potting soil or a potting medium can be used.

Steps to Creating a Container Herb Garden:

Container Herb Garden Is Versatile, Adaptable, and Mobile - part 1

A container herb garden, which is simply growing herbs in pots or containers, is one of the most versatile forms of gardening due to the adaptability of growing herbs in pots or containers or even on a trellis and the fact that they are mobile. Almost all plants can be grown in containers or pots. Your herb plants will thrive as your container herb garden can be placed where the growing conditions are most advantageous for the herbs being grown. During inclement weather the containers can be moved to a protected area or indoors.

Mexican Mint Marigold

This plant is also known by Marigold Mint, Spanish Tarragon, Texas Tarragon, Sweet Mace, Yerbis Anis, Pericón and Tagetes lucida.

A lovely plant and it is loaded with benefits. First, let's look at the characteristics that make this plant what it is. Many use it as flavoring herb and for making a tea. In northern states an annual and in the south a delicate perennial. Will grow to a height of 18 to 36 inches which is 45 to 90 centimeters. When transplanting, space approximately 10 to 18 inches or 25 to 45 centimeters apart.

It is a favorite to butterflies, birds and bees when it blooms its bright yellow blooms in late summer to early fall and gets full sun.

The mint plant is considered tolerant to drought but to establish needs a steady watering but don't over-water. Experts claim will grow best in USDA hardy zones of 8a to 11. The pH of the soil favors 6.1 which is slightly acidic to a mildly alkaline pH of 7.8

Here is what many are saying about this useful flower:

From Florida, they planted it in the butterfly garden which is in full sun, sandy soil and hot location. With the heat and humidity there the plant did very well.

From Austin Texas, they claim it performs in well-drained soil and bright sun and easy to grow if in the ground. The plant in a pot needs more watering though. Outside the plant dies but will return in the spring.

From the state of Washington said the plant has a strong licorice scent and the tea from it will end hangover symptoms, upset stomach and has relaxing powers.

A California person says they only grow to about 10 inches for them. So they grow many plants at a time so they can use in the kitchen substituting for tarragon and use the leaves with clams and white wine.