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7 Common Edible Herbs to Grow in Pots, in Small Spaces

Chitrangada enjoys gardening in her own little space. She is a self taught gardener, who loves nurturing her flowering plants, herbs, shrubs

Grow common herbs in pots: My Own Curry Plant

Grow common herbs in pots: My Own Curry Plant

Container Gardening of Common Green Herbs

Recently, Someone asked me— What is your first love?
This made me think—Family first, meeting friends, teaching, reading, writing, painting, music, long drives, road trips, traveling, cooking, gardening, and there are many, many more. These are some of the things, I enjoy doing, not necessarily in that order.

I find it difficult to number them, as the first or the second or the third.
In this particular article, I would be discussing about herbs gardening, which gives me immense pleasure.

You can grow herbs in pots, if you have a small space:

Everyone does not have the luxury of a big lawn, or a big gardening space. But, that should not restrict you from growing and nurturing your own herbs garden.
Even if you have a small space, or outdoors, some Sunlight, you should grow some common herbs.
Most of the common herbs grow well in pots. And, it’s advisable to grow some in pots only, otherwise they will take over the entire soil area. For example— Mint, Lemon balm.

I use green herbs extensively in salads, in cooking, in chutneys etc. Besides, their immense health benefits, these herbs have pleasant aroma, and it is always less expensive, and fresh, if you grow your own herbs.


My own home grown Coriander herb

My own home grown Coriander herb

Mint herb can be grown in clay pots, if you have a small space

Mint herb can be grown in clay pots, if you have a small space

Everyday Herbs from your own garden

  • Green Coriander or hari dhania:

One of the most popular and commonly used herbs in Indian cooking is the fresh, green Coriander. It's also called Cilantro.
Coriander is easy to grow, by seedlings. The best time to plant the coriander is before the onset of winter. It requires a moist soil and partial Sunlight for good yield. To harvest, you can snip off at the base of the stem, and they grow again.
For further details, please watch the video.

  • Mint or Pudina:

Mint chutney, cool mojitos, aam paana are used almost everyday during the hot summer season in India.
Most indian homes grow mint, so that they don't have to buy it from the market. Besides it's cooling properties in summer season, Mint leaves are also known for their refreshing fragrance.

Mint is perfect for potted growth, because it spreads fast and all around. Mint roots easily from cuttings.

Keep the pot in the Sun, and it can be grown through the winter.

For details, please watch the video.

How to grow Coriander/ Dhaniya in a pot. Source: YouTube

How to grow mint in pots, Source: YouTube

Tulsi or Basil growing in my garden clay pot

Tulsi or Basil growing in my garden clay pot

Curry plant growing in my garden clay pot

Curry plant growing in my garden clay pot

Common Herbs in container gardening, if you have small space

  • Basil or Tulsi:

Basil or Tulsi is considered an auspicious plant in Indian culture. It is worshipped and therefore, most of the Indian homes plant Tulsi in their homes.
Besides religious purposes, Tulsi or basil has immense medicinal properties.

No wonder, it is also used for cooking purposes. Tulsi plant needs plenty of sunlight, proper air circulation, proper space, and water for a healthy growth. At times, the tulsi plant behaves temperamentally. With observation and experience, you can understand the correct place/ position, where you should place your tulsi plant.
Keep harvesting and pinching for the best growth.

Basil can be grown through seeds or saplings.

Please watch the video for details.

  • Curry leaves:

When it comes to Indian cooking, tempering of most of our recipes is a popular method, and what better herb than curry leaves for this purpose.

Curry plant is easy to grow and maintain. They can also be grown in clay or ceramic pots.

You can plant them in warmer seasons. They require Sun for healthy growth and should be watered on alternate days.
They can be grown through seeds or cuttings/ propagation method.
Please watch the video for more details.

How to grow Curry leaves, Source: YouTube

How to plant Tulsi, Source: YouTube

Sowa or Dill herb can be grown in clay pots, if you have a small space

Sowa or Dill herb can be grown in clay pots, if you have a small space

Fenugreek or Methi herbs can be grown in a clay pot, if you have a small space

Fenugreek or Methi herbs can be grown in a clay pot, if you have a small space

Fennel herb can be grown in pots, if you have a small space

Fennel herb can be grown in pots, if you have a small space

  • Sowa or Dill herbs:

A herb with immense nutritional properties. It has a wonderful aroma, and adds taste to vegetable recipes, parathas, pakoras, daals etc.

You can plant them during the spring season, to be used in summer season, because it takes around three to four weeks to grow and develop.

The sowa herbs need well drained, Sunny spots, away from wind. Use wooden stocks to provide support to the sowa plant.
Please refer to the video for more details.

  • Fenugreek or methi:

Methi is another wonderful herb with rich health benefits. Although it's most popular in the winter season, and has the best growth during that time, it's also used in cooking in the summer season. It's fresh leaves can be added in daal or lentils, pakoras, parathas or bread.

Fenugreek or Methi does not need a deep container or pot. Because, it’s roots are shallow. Sprinkle the seeds into the container, with soil and compost, and add a layer of soil to cover.
Keep the soil moist, but avoid over watering. Choose a sunny place to keep the pots.

Please watch the video for more details.

  • Fennel Seeds or Saunf:

Fennel is sweet, aromatic and has medicinal properties. It’s good for digestion, for herbal teas, and for cooling drinks. It’s a popular ingredient in Indian recipes.
You can plant the seeds directly into the pot, and cover with soil. Keep the soil moist. It takes about eight to ten days for the seeds to germinate.
For further details, please watch the video.

How to grow Methi or Fenugreek leaves in a pot, Source: YouTube

Grow Fennel herb in pots, source: YouTube

Growing Sowa or Dill in containers, Source: YouTube

Further Suggested Readings:

1. How to pick the pots for herbs gardening, via Herbs at home

https://herbsathome.co/best-pot-for-herbs/

2. Beginners guide for growing herbs, via Love the garden

https://www.lovethegarden.com/au-en/article/beginners-guide-growing-herbs

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 19, 2021:

Thank you DS, for your kind visit and appreciation of the article. I am glad that you found this information useful.

Somehow, your comments didn’t appear earlier. Sorry for responding late.

Wishing you all the best in your gardening endeavours.

Appreciations and thank you for commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 18, 2021:

Thank you Tuli, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this article.

Good to know that you have a wonderful balcony garden. You can grow some herbs in pots, besides coriander and Tulsi. Wish you all the best in your gardening endeavours.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment.

Tulii Banerjee from Kolkata on April 17, 2021:

This is a very informative and helpful article Chitrangadaji. I also love gardening. I have a very small balcony garden with lots of flowers. But I love to have a kitchen garden also. I have Tulsi and coriander pots also in my balcony garden. Love this article so much. Thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 16, 2021:

Thank you Denise, for reading and commenting on this article. Harsh Sunlight can be a problem for plants. You may use some Sun guards for your plants. They are easily available at plant nurseries. Good luck with your gardening endeavours.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Have a good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 16, 2021:

Thank you Shauna, for appreciating the article. Good idea to start your own herbs garden. And, those you have mentioned are wonderful ones. Wish you good luck. I am sure, you will enjoy the experience.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you and happy weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 16, 2021:

Thank you Misbah, for reading and sharing your experiences of kitchen garden. Good to know that you are already growing some herbs of your own. Lemon can grow in pots as well. Though you may not get as much yields.

I am glad that you were able to find this article on your feed. Always a pleasure to read your comments.

Have a great weekend. Thank you for commenting.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on April 15, 2021:

This is very helpful. I want to grow some herbs but have trouble with sunlight. The only direct light I get is in the afternoon when the sun is the hottest and it always seems to burn or scorch my little plants. They all die.

Blessings,

Denise

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 15, 2021:

Thank you for posting this informative article, Chitrangada. I'm interested in starting an herb garden in my backyard. I'm thinking parsley, dill, basil, and rosemary. There's nothing like fresh herbs!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 15, 2021:

Chitra Di, this is beautiful and interesting article about Gardening. I have a kitchen garden, where I have grown coriander, mint and parsley. I want to grow lemons as well but my mom doesn't want to. She believes there's already a lot.

You gave nice tips as well. I liked it and enjoyed the read

I am sorry that I am late on this hub of yours. It wasn't visible on my feed first. Later I changed my feed settings. So I can see it now.

Blessings and Love

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you Brenda, for reading and appreciating the article. So pleased to know, that you found it informative.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you for all your support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you Chrish, for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad that you found it useful.

You seem to me, an enthusiastic and pleasing young girl. Your comments made me smile. Thank you for sending love and blessings, and also for sharing your experience with gardening. Wish you good luck in your gardening endeavours.

Keep spreading love. God Bless You.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you Manatita, for reading and appreciating the article. I am pleased to read your positive comments.

You guessed it right, that gardening is one of my hobbies. I like spending the morning time in my little garden, observing the growth of my plants, nurturing them. Then we have some cute visitors too, like birds, butterflies, bees and so on.

Appreciate your kind words of appreciation. Thank you so much for your support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you M G Singh Ji, for your presence on this article.

Yes, I like growing plants in my own little space. It’s kind of therapeutic to me.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you Linda, for appreciating the article. You are right, that fresh herbs are wonderful both for the taste and the health benefits.

Always a pleasure to read your feedback.

Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you Sp Greaney, for sharing your thoughts on this article.

I am glad that you found it informative. Yes, it’s good to use your home grown, fresh greens. It’s an enjoyable experience and also less expensive.

Appreciate you for reading and commenting. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you Mary, for sharing your experiences of growing herbs in pots. Yes, it can happen, that sometimes the yield is good, and sometimes not so good. It depends on many factors.

Appreciate your time here. Thank you for your comments and support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you Marlene, for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad that you found it informative.

Yes, I am aware of your interest in growing herbs/ vegetable garden. I hope you will try to grow the curry plant as well. They grow easily, and are easy to maintain.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you Bobbi Purvis, for sharing your thoughts on this article. I am sure you must be having many interesting hobbies, to keep you busy and happy.

So good to read your comments after a long time. Hope you are doing well.

Take care, and thank you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 15, 2021:

Thank you Peggy, for reading and commenting on this article.

I appreciate your time here.

You are right that some herbs, like Mint, grow like weeds, and takeover the entire space.

Good to know that you grow so many healthy herbs at your place. Nothing like having your own fresh greens.

Thank you so much for sharing your valuable feedback.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 14, 2021:

Chitrangada

You've done a great job on this one.

I love all the detail.

I think it is good to actually grow these in pots.

It makes it so much easier when you need to grap a piece.

It makes me wish I was a better cook, so I could use these herbs.

At best I grow them to keep other critters away.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 14, 2021:

My goodness! So this the reason why all our herbs died hahaha. Mom always blame it on me, and said my hands were cursed lol. I explained her that the soil is important too as well as the pots, I didn't even know that they also need a proper air circulation. My excuses to mom when another herbs died is " our surroundings is very noise, they must be irritated " anyways, I thank you so much Ms Sharan for sharing your knowledge! I'll do it as you said, to those herbs that is still alive haha

They are: kinchay, basil, the rest I don't know the name. Hugs and kisses wink wink

manatita44 from london on April 14, 2021:

You are very versatile, Ji.

I knew you loved gardening but you seem to like diversity too. Awesome! Some very interesting plants and herbs and great tips as in your video. Tulsi is famous, even here in the West. A great medicinal plant.

I had a plant in the house for many years! It has outgrown the pot, so I put it in the garden last week. So far it's still alive but not so pretty. I don't even know its name. Ha-ha. Bad gardener, I am. Thank you so much!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2021:

Thank you Bill, for appreciating the article. It means a lot coming from you. I am well aware of your gardening talents.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2021:

Thank you Pamela, for reading and appreciating the article.

You are right—We do use varieties of herbs in Indian cooking, for the aroma, and for the rich health benefits.

Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2021:

Thank you MsDora, for appreciating the article. Good to know that you are planning to grow your own herbs. I am sure that you will enjoy the experience.

Yes, it’s good to use our own grown, fresh herbs.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2021:

Thank you Lorna, for reading and commenting.

Good to know that you have been growing herbs, since long. Obviously, you are aware of the joy and health benefits of it.

Appreciate your kind words and support, and thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2021:

Thank you Devika, for reading and sharing your thoughts. I am aware of your interest in herbs, and you have also written about this.

We should include them in our daily diet, to get maximum health benefits.

Thank you for commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2021:

Thank you Ann, for appreciating the article and my photos.

I am pleased to read your positive comments. I agree, some of the herbs may not grow in your part of the World. But, there may be similar ones to try.

Thank you for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2021:

Thank you Ravi Ji, for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad that you found it useful. Wish you good luck with planting more herbs at your home.

Appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment. Thank you.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 14, 2021:

Chitra,interesting stuff, could be a great hobby.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 13, 2021:

The herbs that you’ve mentioned are lovely. Thank you for sharing the instructions for growing them. Fresh herbs are the nicest kind.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on April 13, 2021:

I've never tried growing my own herbs. It's probably more economical to grow them yourself.

It's nice to learn more about growing herbs at home.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 13, 2021:

i do grow herbs in pots and some years they are plentiful. Some years, not so but it is a great enjoyment.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 13, 2021:

I actually like growing veggies in pots because they each have their own dedicated space and when they need to be moved to catch the sun better, they can be picked up and moved. I have never grown curry leaves and as much as I enjoy curry, this is a plant that I am going to look into growing. Your article is very informative. I learned a lot.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on April 13, 2021:

Hi,

I loved this information--so now I have another hobby to begin instead of buying my herbs from the market. Keep sharing and I have a lot of passions and one is writing while sunning on the beach.

I hope you and your family are well and happy.

Until Later,

Bobbi Purvis

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2021:

Keeping mint in a pot is an excellent idea because it can spread like a weed if planted in a garden setting. When we moved into our current home, it took me ages to get rid of the mint growing everywhere! Now I keep it in a pot. The rest of the herbs I grow are in the ground. Rosemary, thyme, sage, oregano, basil, and garlic chives are the ones that I have growing now. Excellent article, Chitrangada.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 13, 2021:

Thanks for the information. I love growing herbs. Rosemary is one of my favorites because it is very hard to kill. lol Even if I forget to take care of it, it flourishes. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 13, 2021:

This is a very informative article with excellent information, Chitrangada.

It is nice to know you can enjoy these healthy herbs is a small pot. I liked your pictures, and you use a lot of healthy herbs.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 13, 2021:

Chitrangada, I learn much from this article. Thanks for sharing these facts and tips which can benefit wanna-be gardeners like me. You've got a really good selection of herbs.

Lorna Lamon on April 13, 2021:

Living in Italy I got into the habit of growing herbs in pots which is so handy when cooking. I also use herbs in most of my dishes and you have described some of my favourites. An excellent article full of great advice and useful tips.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 13, 2021:

Herbs are among my favorite plants and since 1996 I had great interest in herbs. The many ailments it heals and adding to food for the aroma nd taste is a great addition to our lives. I like the idea of growing herbs in pots. Your suggestions are useful.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 13, 2021:

I love herbs and having fresh ones from the garden. You have introduced me to some new ones which I will try though some might not like the English climate!

Lovely photos too.

Ann

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 13, 2021:

Very useful article Chirangada. One of my dreams was always to create a small herb garden of my own in my balcony and your article gives me the most clear instructions to do just that. I have just started with mint and coriander but will surely try thyme and curry leaves soon. Thanks for this information.

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