A woody, branching plant, basil is a warm-weather annual that grows very fast in 80- to 90-degree weather. When growing basil, note that two or three plants will yield plenty of fresh basil for a family of four — unless you plan to make pesto. (To make and freeze a winter’s supply of pesto, plant a dozen or more.) Many gardeners mix various types of basil in their flower beds, where it is ready for a quick harvest anytime. It is also great for containers. Basil can be a beautiful addition to the garden and landscape. This pot of purple basil provides height, color, and flavor in a patio-side garden bed. You can plant a mix of different types of basil (in this case, sweet basil, spicy globe basil, and Thai basil) in a large, colorful glazed ceramic pottery. Not only will it look lovely sitting on the deck or patio, but it will also put a range of flavors at your fingertips.
Soil, Planting, And Care
basil needs 6 to 8 hours of sun; in the South and Southwest, it benefits from afternoon shade. Set out plants at least 2 weeks after the last frost in spring; summer planting is okay, too. Space at the distance recommended on the label, which is generally 12 to 18 inches apart. Plants are very frost sensitive, so keep plants protected in case of a late cold spell. Basil likes rich, moist, but well-drained soil with a pH of 6 to 7. Because basil is harvested continually for lots of leaves, it needs a little fertilizer. When planting, add plenty of organic nutrients from compost, blood meal, or cottonseed meal to the soil. Feed with Bonnie Herb, Vegetable & Flower Plant Food every couple of weeks to help keep tender new leaves coming on as you pinch back the stem tips.
If planting in a glazed ceramic pottery, use a large ceramic pot to keep the plants from drying out quickly in hot weather. You may also want to add a water-retaining polymer to the potting soil to keep the soil evenly moist and extend the time between waterings
All types of mint (including sweet mint, spearmint, peppermint, and chocolate mint) are fast-growing, spreading plants, so you must give them a place to spread without getting in the way, or plant them in a large ceramic planter. Mint sends out runners that spread above and just below the ground, quickly forming large, lush green patches. In the right place it makes a pretty seasonal ground cover. You can also contain mint in tight places such as between pavers of a walkway where your feet will brush against the leaves to release its fragrance.
Because mint tends to take over, many gardeners plant mint in a small ceramic pot and then plant that pot in the ground or inside a large ceramic planter.
Plant mint in the spring, or in the fall in frost-free climates, setting seedlings 18 to 24 inches apart. The most popular way to grow mint is in a pot where you can keep it in check and handy near the kitchen for a constant supply of sprigs. Add water-retaining polymer to the potting soil to be sure that it stays moist.
In the ground, select a damp area in your garden in either full sun or part shade. Mint prefers fertile soil with a pH from 6.0 to 7.0. Mint is plenty vigorous on its own, but will appreciate a little fertilizer every few weeks, especially if you harvest a lot. Use Bonnie Herb & Vegetable Plant Food, which is low in salts and won’t cause leaf tips to brown. Keep the soil moist and mulch around the plant to keep its roots moist.
Keep plants in check by harvesting the tips regularly and pulling up wayward runners. Mint’s small flowers bloom from June to September; trim these before the buds open to keep the plant compact. Although slightly frost tolerant, the top of mint will eventually die back in winter except in zones 8 and south, but the root are quite hardy, surviving into zone 5 (some varieties even into zone 3). Lift and replant your mint every 3 to 4 years to keep your patch’s flavor and scent strong.
Learn to grow easy vegetables in great looking container combos. You’ll love the candid advice and even the “bloopers” as she trialed over 1,700 plants in 200 containers to gather the material. Vegetables and flowers can make beautiful pot buddies.
Keep It Simple
“Don’t mix too many veggies in a big glazed pot. Keep it simple, like one tall vegetable in the center surrounded by a few flowers. Or, some big bold vegetables like okra and squash do better alone.”
Pretty pots add to the overall effect, but they don’t have to be expensive. We used colorful buckets from the dollar store with holes punched in them for drainage to add pizzazz without costing much. Nice supports like painted trellises help the overall look, too. Many things work as containers: buckets, bushel baskets, washtubs, old wicker baskets, round glazed ceramic pot. Make sure that homemade containers have drainage holes, or make them yourself. Larger veggies, like tomato and eggplant, will need at least a 5-gallon container. Use the largest pot you can afford and have space for, especially with the big summer vegetables like squash, eggplant, tomatoes, and okra. The big plants need the room for the roots to grow.”
Some Veggies Are Okay Alone, But Most Like Flowers
“Big bold plants can stand alone in a pot, but most look much better accented with flowers. Use large plants in the center surrounded by smaller flowers and trailing flowers. Great vegetable centerpieces include pepper, tomato, eggplant, collard, cabbage, and kale.”
Plant tiny veggies first. Add flowers later.
Space plants closer than if in the ground.
Vegetables are easier in larger pots.
Use colorful trellises and pretty obelisks for supports.
Production varies a lot, use 236 Habanero peppers from one plant.
Pots are made from a variety of materials, and some will suit your situation better than others. Keep in mind that you need a pot large enough to support plant growth all season and there must be a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Elevating the pot on pot feet or atop a trio of bricks will keep the pot off surfaces that might stain.
Below are most of the typical choices.
Clay pots are readily available, good for growing plants, and attractive. However, they can be expensive and heavy in large sizes, breakable if dropped, and many are subject to cracking in freezing temperatures. Because the clay is porous, it allows for good air exchange, but your clay pot will dry out more quickly than other types. It also absorbs heat quite well—a plus in early spring, but not so great in mid-summer in hot climates. If you are going to spend more than $20 on a pot, look for terra cotta with a frost-proof guarantee. Fired and glazed pots are the most weather proof.
Versatile in appearance, lightweight, durable, and affordable, plastic pots are good for plant growth. Without a doubt, some are more attractive than others. Some have realistic finishes that mimic terra-cotta, concrete, or stone, and some have rolled rims to give the illusion of thickness. Larger sizes can be as expensive as pots made of more traditional materials. Generally with plastic you get what you pay for. Cheaper pots may fade and crack in time, while more expensive ones made of polypropylene do not fade or crack quickly, and some also offer good insulation. One bonus of plastic is that it doesn’t have to be watered quite as often as clay. Dark-colored plastic pots absorb more heat than light-colored ones. If you’re not concerned about eye-appeal, consider recycling large, black nursery containers used for trees and large shrubs.
These are the most colorful glazed ceramic pots, ranging from subtle earthen tones to playful, vibrant glazes. They are varied in style and good for plant growth. Most of these pots are less subject to freeze damage, so they are a good investment. Because many of these pots are currently imported from Asia, check with the retailer about their ability to withstand freezing weather. They are heavy and moderately expensive in larger sizes. They will break or chip if dropped.
These classically styled, durable, and lightweight containers command premium prices. Plants grow well in them. Because they are more expensive, these pots are harder to find and you’ll probably have less choice of size and style. The downside is that fiberglass can be brittle and may crack if dropped, nor is it a good insulator from heat or cold. Some are made to look like stone, wood, or other materials and can be quite ornamental in a prominent spot.
Attractive, durable, and affordable, concrete pots can be found for sale from local, wayside shops that manufacture them, as well as in highly styled forms from the trendiest shops. They are good for plant growth. They can be expensive in large sizes, and they are certainly heavy, making them challenging to bring home or move in the garden. Because they are concrete, consider them permanent.
For their size, these oak half-barrels are the most affordable choice. They are informal in style and last for several years. Once filled with soil and planted, they are heavy. As they age, they become more fragile, making them impossible to move. The wood is a good insulator.
These pots are readily available and affordable in a variety of styles. They are good for plant growth, particularly where the insulation protects roots from heat and cold, and they are very lightweight. Due to the limited strength of the material, they are usually found in smaller sizes.
Galvanized metal buckets, brass or copper pots, and other containers made from metal can be very ornamental. Often you can make a nice container from metal tins or galvanized buckets by drilling drainage holes in the bottom. Generally, the thicker the metal, the longer these last. You can also plant in plastic liners to insert in these pots. Plastic liners also help insulate roots from the transfer of extreme heat and cold, one of the drawbacks of metal.
Usually made of plastic, these are containers with a reservoir at the base that holds water for later use. Often you can even water directly into the reservoir. Such designs are good time savers.
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The Large ceramic pot is a solid planter that’ll serve you well in any setting. Crafted of steel, this planter features drainage holes on the bottom and a sleek, modern design.
Outdoor glazed construction
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Features drainage holes on bottom panel
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