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It’s the first Friday of the month, and the second edition of the Top 5 series!  The theme this month is  our Top 5 things for spring.




top 5 herbs for a container garden

I’ve wanted to start a container garden for sometime. A good raised bed garden would be ideal, but I can’t get the male of the house to build me one and I am not handy like that so….

A container garden it shall be. I didn’t want to get adventurous my first time around, but since I moved into this house, I’ve wanted a little herb garden for my patio. It gets full sun ALL the time, so I needed to find things that would withstand that.

I did my research and found: The top 5 Herbs for a Container Garden.

I figured, since Pookah is always eager to help, and he needs to learn about growing things, it would be a perfect little project for the two of us. So I headed to Lowes and got everything I THOUGHT we needed. And one Saturday, we planted.

top 5 herbs for a container garden

1. Basil: Everyone needs basil in their herb garden. It grows best in full sun.I  use it in a lot of dishes, but not every week. It gets expensive to keep having to buy it so  it was a natural choice for our little kitchen container garden.

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2. Chives: Basically tiny onions, chives are gown for their leaves and blooms but not the bulbs.  These plants can tolerate a small amount of shade, but grow best in full sun.

top 5 herbs to grow in a container garden

3. Cilantro: Also known as coriander, Cilantro is good for your stir fry, your chicken, fish..anything really. And of course, it’s a full sun herb, perfect for my container garden

top 5 herbs for a container garden

4. Mint: Mint, I’ve heard, can take over, so it is best contained in a pot. It’s a full sun herb and I can’t wait to add this to my mojitos this summer!


5. Rosemary: I already have a large rosemary bush that I discovered growing in my back yard. But it’s wild and we’re about to cut it back. But since I cook with this one a LOT, I’m making sure to replant it in my patio container garden.

top 5 herbs for a container garden

Pookah and I had fun planting the herbs. It was a mess, but so much fun!

Have you ever planted an herb garden! Share your tips!


Now don’t forget to head on over to the ladies to see what their top 5 ideas for Spring are!

Kita: Top 5 spring drinks

Bernetta: Top 5 Spring Dresses

MJ: Top 5 Spring Crafts for Kids

Mimi: Top 5 Drugstore Beauty Finds for Spring

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    March 6, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I have never planted. Plants and I don’t get along at all. It’s sad *sigh* but I think having your own garden and watching it grow is so great and to get the kids involved too they would love to watch what they planted grow into something big.

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    March 6, 2015 at 7:25 am

    This is helpful! I only have a small window ledge and I totally forgot to get a rosemary plant! The way the smell makes me so happy!

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    March 6, 2015 at 7:35 am

    We will be startinf our herb garden next week. Like you the male has yet to build the raise bed for us but I loved our container garden last year so we will be back at it.
    You will have basil forever! Just remember to put it in a large pot once they start to grow.
    Mint is one of my favs to grow too. I plan to grow it in ground at some point because it comes back year after year on its own. That’s a win! Mojitos & mint tea all day. LOL

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    March 6, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Of all the things I’ve planted I’ve gotten my herbs started. Will be doing that this weekend. Last year I bout a mint plant because I needed my mint mojitos ready to go!! This year I will start from seed since it’s early and I have time.

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    March 6, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I like how this is so doable and it makes me really want to get my children involved and growing something. Thanks for the idea! Once this winter chill is gone, we will have our own homegrown herbs!!

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    Tiffani G. from MyMommyVents
    March 6, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I’ve never planted…I’m not really good with green things. I think they call it a black thumb, lol. It does look like a fun time with the kids and an educational opportunity, though. I just dread having to explain that mommy killed all the plants.

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    Katherine G
    March 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    These sound like some great herbs. I know you are going to be so relieved to not have to run to the store and purchase these items in the store. Looks like Pookah really enjoyed helping you plant your garden.

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    March 6, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I love this post! I’ve always wanted a little garden and I think it would be fun to do with Hudson!

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    March 6, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I have been practicing with an herb garden and flowers for two years so that I can be competent in showing my daughter how to grow food. This year we are adding a salad garden to the mix. I think she will enjoy the idea of being able to eat what she grew.

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    Barb W.
    March 7, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Love, love, love when kids help with gardening! Such a great experience for us and them! Basil is my favorite, can’t keep enough of it in our garden.

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    March 8, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    As much as I enjoyed and LOVE this post… I just say NO! To gardening and plants… I do not have a green thumb at all. Please share the ending results… Thanks!

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    Mia Jones
    March 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    This is really great information. My daughter and I will most definitely put our garden together next weekend. Side note: Your little is so precious and engaged. I love it.

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    Sara @
    March 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I have always wanted to start an herb garden. I tried once before because this lady at my job gave her coworkers free basil and oregano but mine withered away and died. Perhaps one day I will find my green thumb.

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    Kara (Kay's Ways)
    March 9, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Such a cool project for you and little man. I’ve always wanted my own garden, I’ve even wanted that indoor setup with the artificial lighting just to have one, glad you’ll get to have one on deck!

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    March 12, 2015 at 8:58 am

    After reading this I’m ready to head out to the store and pick up some seeds. I already bought a rosemary plant that I’m going to put out in front of the house. I love the way it smells when you walk by it.

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    K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy)
    March 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I use a lot of basil and you’re right it’s expensive if you’re buying it from the store. Thankfully, I scored some of those starter garden spike things from Target when they went on clearance last year. I got lots of basil and can’t wait until they start sprouting.

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    Emerald Lavender
    March 17, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I’ve never had much of a green thumb, but this inspires me!

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