Container gardening is a fabulous way to grow herbs. You can move the containers around (into warmer areas or the shade depending on the time of day). The containers are close by so watering the herbs will be easy and convenient. Best of all, having herbs growing right outside will encourage you to use them more often when you are cooking.

Here are popular herbs to plant in containers:

MINT: Makes a fabulous tea or summer mojito! Keep it from flowering by pinching it back.

SAGE: This herb also needs to be pinched so it doesn’t flower. Plus, cutting it regularly keeps it from becoming ‘woody’ too soon. Sage also dries really well.

ROSEMARY: This herb dries perfectly and holds its taste all winter. Or, bring it inside in the fall and grow it in a sunny window.

THYME: Thyme will thrive in a container and only needs minimal watering.

BASIL: Summer isn’t summer without fresh basil in your salad (delicious) and a batch of pesto for your pasta dinner. Basil likes plenty of water.

 

PRESTO PESTO Recipe

This yummy pesto recipe is from allrecipes.com:

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 4 gloves garlic
  • ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup pine nuts

Combine 3 cups packed fresh basil leaves, 4 gloves garlic, ¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese, ½ cup olive oil and ¼ cup pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor. Blend to a smooth paste and enjoy!