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Container Herb Garden From Seed #OXOSpringGardening

Spring and Summer-like temperatures, have come to our neighborhood and I am finally creating the container herb garden from seed I have been talking about for the last couple of years. Included in this project is replacing the mix of planters currently on our balcony with a constant look of one style, using all organic supplies {of course} and starting everything from seed!

Our current home has limited outdoor garden space so container gardening has become my standard practice for several reasons – I can control the environment, light, moisture, soil… and they can be moved to a new location if the sun shift is not ideal for the plants growing at in the container at that time. My first dilemma was that I have, over the last few years of living in this home, acquired a mix of pots and planting vessels of varying shapes and sizes, which can look attractive in a large outdoor space but, on a smaller balcony I find it looks messy and distracting – thus the project to create a cleaner look using multiples of the same container but with different herbs in each one. Out with the old and in with the new – not to worry all containers are going to a good home or being stored for our next home with a larger outdoor area.

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I found this light weight concrete container that is perfect for the balcony – it has some height for soil but not too tall. For this project I removed the plug from the bottom, this balcony is open to the elements and I want the rain water to drain out rather than sit on the roots, however if you live in an area that does not receive much rain – or will place this on a surface you prefer to keep dry – keep the plug in to retain the water. I then added a few broken pieces of pottery – you can also use stones – to line the bottom. This helps allow the water to drain, but prevents the soil from falling through the hole.

Fill your container up with organic soil – you will want to use organic soil when you are planting anything that you’re planning on eating, consuming, or feeding to anyone. Once it is about 3/4 full top it off with seed starting soil which is better for growing seeds than regular potting soil. Remember – the majority of soil is going to be the organic potting soil, then add in some organic seed starting soil just on top.

Because the soil is dry, it’s going to take a little more space than it will when wet, so go ahead and fill it right up to the top. As the soil gets wet it’s going to reduce in space and compact down a bit more.

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For this container herb garden from seed project I used my OXO trowel, or spade, to even out the top layer and then create the seed rows. The best part of this particular tool is that you can actually tell the depth right on the metal spade, which is important as various seeds packets will require a certain depth to be planted. The majority of the seeds, I am planting here are at just beneath the soil, approximately 1/4 inch depth.

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I started with chives at a depth of about 1/4 inch. I tend to sow them liberally and then once they start to grow you can always move them around to give them more room in this container or move them to another to spread – or if you have the space move them into the ground to reseed for next year.

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In the same container, I also planted a pepper variety – Purple Beauty. Once these sprout, I will most likely move them into different containers, or give a few to friends, as they will grow quite large. If you prefer to skip this step, sow only one plant per container or use fewer seeds of each variety.

To round out the container I added Borage seed which is a full sun annual, and it is a great edible flower which I am looking forward to using in salad and cocktails this summer! Again, sow at 1/4 inch depth. I like to keep the seed packets to I remember what I put in where and what their growing conditions are – some even have markers on them you can cut and place in the container if you think you might forget which is which.

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Once the seeds are in their place – use the spade again to add a bit more soil and to cover the seeds. Finish off by giving the container a good watering – enough to wet the soil, especially if you are using dry new dry soil as I was for this project.  I LOVE my OXO watering can with swivel spout!

Place your container herb garden in a spot that receives indirect sunlight and keep the soil moist until the sprouts have come up – consider covering the container with clear plastic to keep them warm and moist while they begin to grow. Once they sprout follow packet instructions on care.

POST UPDATE :: A few days later I shared my little sprouts popping through on Instagram!

Day 6 Container Herb Garden from Seed! See the DIY video on @KraylFunch #OXOSpringGarden


Now it is your turn! What are you growing in your containers this year? Let me know in the comments below!


Products Featured in this Post::

OXO Outdoor Pour and Store Watering Can

OXO Garden Trowel 

OXO Garden Cultivator

Disclaimer Statement :: This post is being sponsored by OXO Spring Gardening, I did not receive any compensation for this post, I received OXO garden tools to help me create a lovely garden by working smarter not harder.

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16 Responses to Container Herb Garden From Seed #OXOSpringGardening

  1. Jessica May 27, 2015 at 8:17 AM #

    I want to build one of these SO bad! Thank you for such great advice.
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  2. Christina Thomas May 25, 2015 at 7:44 AM #

    Great project! I have a tough time gardening and have tried to keep herb gardens many times, with miserable results. I will be following along on your project and living vicariously. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Addie May 21, 2015 at 10:02 AM #

    Krayl, I love this project! I’m growing herbs, too, but I got some that were already little sprouts from an organic nursery. They’ve felt the wrath of my non-green thumb but they are starting to thrive again. #Patience haha 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch May 28, 2015 at 9:11 AM #

      Addie – #patience is the total key when it comes to those little seeds! Keep at it.

  4. LaShawn May 21, 2015 at 12:35 AM #

    I started an herb garden this year and I failed! *cries* I am going to try and try again though!
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  5. Paris at My Big Fat Happy Life May 20, 2015 at 11:23 PM #

    I have a regular garden but no herbs. I really should plant some herbs! Thanks for the tips.
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    • Krayl Funch May 28, 2015 at 9:10 AM #

      Herbs are the BEST! Fresh herbs from the garden really make a recipe pop!

  6. Lauren May 20, 2015 at 7:36 PM #

    Wow, that looks so easy! I need to try it out!

    • Krayl Funch May 28, 2015 at 9:09 AM #

      Lauren ! It is SO easy – just keep up with the watering!

  7. Alli May 20, 2015 at 2:40 PM #

    I tried to start some herbs with seeds inside this year and I failed miserably. I think I should have waited until it was warm enough for outside planting. I do have a herb garden each year, but I usually buy the plants. I’m going to follow along on your journey and learn a thing or two.
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    • Krayl Funch May 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM #

      Alli – you can live your seed starting fantasy with me! Follow along on instagram & periscope!

  8. Wendie May 20, 2015 at 9:44 AM #

    Love this post! I have been wanting to put my own herb garden out this year. I need to hurry up! This motivated me. It is my first one so I really want basil, rosemary, mint, and chives…oh an cilantro. Geez this list goes on…. 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch May 20, 2015 at 1:04 PM #

      Wendie – it is totally addictive! Heading out to night to get two more of the same planters to plant more!

  9. Logan Can May 20, 2015 at 8:55 AM #

    My brother is wanting to grow a small herb garden. I will have to share this with him. He probably needs all the help and advice he can get. haha

    • Krayl Funch May 20, 2015 at 1:01 PM #

      Logan – it is super easy! I am posting updates on Instagram and Periscope daily – come check them out! @KraylFunch

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