The Q&A Archives: Herb Gardens in Containers Outdoors

Question: I want to plant a herb garden within my garden this year. I want to submerge containers to put the herb plants in. How big should the containers be, so not to restrict the root system of the herbs? Serena Wilt Dayton, VA

Answer: Generally, use a pot that is approximately one inch bigger in diameter than the herb root ball. Watch out for herbs that root easily from the stems such as mint because they may root outside the pot and become weeds in your garden. When you take the pots up, prune the roots coming out of the drainage holes and cut back the herb significantly..

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