Planning herb garden 2019. Need some suggestions.

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  1. FountainMan

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    It’s late February and I’m already planning my veggie/herb garden for this year. I didn’t really use any of the peppers or tomatoes we got last year. This year I want to focus almost exclusively on herbs especially basil, oregano, parsley and rosemary. Those were the herbs I used the most last year. I put the herbs in pasta.

    I am playing around with some of the online garden planning tools like My Potager.

    So here’s the thing, I have medium sized containers. About 20” by 15”. Most sources are suggesting spacing of 12-18” which is impossible especially since I plan to plant multiples of each herb especially the basil which I tend to over harvest.


    The questions,
    Has anyone gotten away with having multiple herbs within a small container and they thrived without competing for nutrients? How densely can I plant the containers without overcrowding?

    Also, I’ve been tracking the temperatures in each planter with those Bluetooth plant monitoring sensors. So far the temperature seems to stay around 50 degrees F. The plant database on the sensor interface says the temperature is ideal for basil and other herbs but I’m thinking it’s too cold to plant basil.

    Has anyone had success despite these obstacles?

    Thanks.
     
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  3. mart

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    You didn`t give the depth of the planting bins ! Should be 8 to 10 inches of good compost ! I can tellyou what I do with small plants like basil ! I sprinkle about 10 seeds over the top and push in with my finger ! Then when they are growing pretty well,, pick the best three and either cook with the rest or transplant to other containers !
    Rosemary is an evergreen bush it needs to be in the ground but can be planted in a container while small ! One plant per container is what I would do. Just snip the small tips as needed ! Most of the smaller herbs will be about the same as basil ! Good compost and minimal fertilizer ! A dilute miracle grow or similar.!
     
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    They’re about 12-18” deep. I currently have one Rosemary plant. The Parsley is still thriving.

    Thanks for the response! Good stuff there.
     
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    knowing where you are will help ! I am in Texas so planting may be different in colder climates ! Rosemary should be fine there if small !
     
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