Potted herbs don't just smell great but they are loaded with nourishing anti-aging compounds that can restore radiance and smooth skin, thicken your hair erase dark marks. Growing them is as easy as purchasing the seeds from your local garden center along with some potting mix and small flowerpots from Arizona Pottery of course!
Potted Thyme: White up a purifying scrub. Dry 1 - 2 sprigs and remove the leaves from stems and light mash with spoon. Mix with 1 Tsp baking sod and a few drops of water to make a paste. Massage over clean, damp skin in small circles. Rinse and pat dry. Use 2 times a week. Enough for 1 treatment.
Potted Rosemary: Everyone knows how great rosemary is in the kitchen but here is a recipe hair growth. Place 4 springs of rosemary in a clean jar. Pour 2 cups warm water over the springs. Infuse for at least 4 hours. Strain into a clean spray bottle. Then add 2 T of vegetable glycerin. Shake and mist over scalp and hair. Massage then style. Keeps 2 weeks in the fridge.
Potted Parsley: Fine chop 8 washed parsley sprigs. Mash in a bowl with spoon. Cover with 1 c Hot water and steep 1 hr. Strain into spray bottle and chill in fridge. When ready, mist the liquid over cotton pads and place over closed eyes. Relax 15 mins. Erase dark under eyes.
Not interested in starting herbs from seeds, then purchase the beginner plants from the store. All you need to do is repot them into a Arizona Pottery decorative or terracotta flowerpot. Just make sure the pot has a drain hole since all herbs need well draining soil. Keep them around the house for cooking, sleeping and all of the above beauty treatments.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to not only bring your Rosemary indoors but to pot it up so that it looks decorative, adds life to your indoors & smells wonderful? Here are a few tips to help.
First select a container you want to plant in. Do you want a decorative urn or a natural terracotta clay container? If you are putting this potted rosemary in your kitchen pick up the colors you are already using. Red, Yellow, bright Orange, glossy or matte finishes.
Make sure your container is large enough to hold a cluster of potted rosemary but no so large that it takes up needed space. We prefer you use a pot with a drain hole which means you will need a saucer to catch water run-off. Have fun here and take some time to decide.
First, fill the pots with potting soil. Then use a starter plant from your local garden center or take a stem off of your existing rosemary plant outside. Remove the bottom leaves, place it in moist soil in a garden potand in a couple of weeks it should sprout. Now place the pot where you need and want it the most.
On a kitchen island where you can clip off pieces to cook with, how about on a living room mantle where the fragrance will fill the room with heaven. We even recommend placing one pot in the bathroom.
Last tip: Don't over water. People tend to over water indoor potted plants. Keep the soil slightly moist but not damp. Look at the leaves and make sure they are staying deep green and not yellow.
Keeping potted herbs happy and healthy is very easy to do. They like a minimum of 5 hours of direct sunlight every day. Keep pots soil moist and well drained. Remember, herbs grown in garden pots dry out quickly, so consider using containers at least 12" across. Plant with a timed release, granular fertilizer in mid summer, or use a water soluble liquid. Trim herbs frequently to prevent them from flowering. When they do bloom, their flavor diminishes and growth of tasty new foliage slow.
Basically that is it. Below, we will get more specific with the 5 most popular potted herbs. Read more.....
Chives: With clumps of grass like leaves, chives are valued for their mild flavor and rosy purple flowers in spring. They are especially easy to grow in potted planters because they tend to spread their roots and take over your garden when not contained. Scatter seeds in a well draining pot with good potting soil.
Make sure the pot is placed in a sunny kitchen window or on a sunny patio area. Garlic chives also called Chinese chives, have a mild garlic taste which is very popular. They have flat leaves and white flowers. They self seed so profusely that the only maintenance they require is cutting back to make sure they don't overtake the whole pot.
Rosemary: One of the easiest and most fragrant herb to grow, they require only plenty of sun and well draining potting soil. This plant grows bushy so select a good sized garden planter.
It has greenish gray needle like foliage and blooms in winter. They vary in height from 1 to 6 feet so make sure you get the correct seeds to fit your pot. You can also clip them into topiares. We love Rosemary in cooking. Stuff branches inside a chicken to roast, fill a vase with them and place on a kitchen counter for fragrance or use them in flower arrangements to add green foliage and smell. Yummy!
Thyme, is one of the most beloved perennial herbs in any garden. The aroma is warm and exotic and the foliage is finely textured. While some selections of potted thyme are essential in the kitchen, others are among the most appealing herbs for landscaping and patio decorating.
No matter what the season, thyme puts on a show. It's evergreen foliage provides interest in the garden and is wonderful in any vase arrangement. In early spring the flowers open, sprinkling the plant with spots of white, pink, lavender, or rose.
Sage: is a small, mounding shrub 8 to 36" wide so make sure your gardenplanter is large enough. Its velvety, gray green leaves are essential to flavoring many poultry and holiday recipes. Try it in cooking and you will love it as much as we do.
Many colorful varieties exist. Golden sage compliments terracotta pots and purple sage is great in bright glazed pottery. The darker foliage blends well with rosemary, lavender and purple basil varieties.
The most popular herb that is grown in garden planters is basil. From seeds it really easy and hardy and will save you money over store purchased. Especially if you are a pesto fanatic. Wait till mid May when the soil warms up in your pots to scatter the seeds. Press them into the soil with your fingers and then gently water. This plant is hardy and easy to transplant into other pots.
Did you know that many homes in Europe, create large hedges with the plant Rosemary? These are stunningly beautiful with lovely little blue flowers that sprout seasonally. Not only is this herb attractive to look at but the fragrance is outstanding. Anyone who has ever cooked with this herb can attest to that fact.
You can see them growing directly in the soil and forming large to huge walls of green or they maybe shooting out of large ceramic containers that are lined up in a row to create a wall of plants. Either way they are easy to grow, fun to harvest, yummy to cook with and great to look at.
If planting directly into soil, make sure that it is in direct sunlight. These plants love the sun and will grow hardy and strong is planted this way. It may take a few years to get a generous sized hedge but rosemary is considered a very fast growing plant. After a few years you should have plants that are 4 to 5 feet tall with a stem approx. 1" in diameter.
Once they reach this stage it is perfectly normal to harvest bit's and piece's off the plants to use in making recipes, bottled herb-infused oil and vinegar, home-made breads, garden gifts and much more. The upswing of harvesting these plants are that the more you pick them the thicker and more lush the plants grows.
Lately, we have seen a rise in home cooks keeping pots of rosemary around the home. The plants are lovely in color and the fragrance is pleasing. You don't necessarily have to cook with them to enjoy them.
We would like to add that the root systems of rosemary plants that are sowed directly into the ground, will spread. This helps to create a dense hedge but may also spread to areas that you do not choose to have them grow. Our recommendation is to grow them in large garden planters. You can then line the planters up in a row and create a hedge that is useful. The garden pots will contain the spreading root system and keep the plants growing only where you want them to.
Rosemary has needle like, dark green leaves that are highly aromatic and are prized for their perfume as well as their culinary and medicinal uses. It prefers a sunny site as stated above, and thrives in poor soils that are well draining. It rarely grows over 5 feet tall. It loves to be pruned.