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A kitchen herb garden does not have to be something you glance over in a glossy magazine (or trendy blog) and just wish for. Putting together a stylish and practical herb garden is something achievable. They are perfect for those new to gardening, especially if you do not have a yard to experiment with. These can sit comfortably around your home without being a bother.

Whatever you use to contain your herbs should be at least four to five inches deep. If you are using something like a colander, make sure to line it with some burlap fabric. This will keep dirt from spilling from the holes and allow excess water to drain. Of course, it is important that you have some saucers to collect the excess water, otherwise, you will have wet counters.

If you are transplanting store-bought plants, then make sure to spread and separate the roots to encourage growth. Also, be sure to transplant into new soil. This will ensure that the plant has enough nutrients.

Try to use a potting mix (not to be confused with potting soil) because it has a combination of peat, composts and mulch to allow moisture retention.

Mason jars and teacups look chic, but if you are using a container with no drainage holes then you have to be careful when watering. You don’t want to have your plant’s roots sitting in water-logged soil, but there are ways to prevent this.

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Adding pebbles and stones to create a three-inch layer at the bottom of your container will create a collection area for excess water. Then add the potting mix on top of that. Also, make sure that you never overwater your plants.

Use clear containers and decorative pebbles and stones for additional flair. Transparent containers are especially useful for checking on the amount of water in your makeshift plant pots. Different plants have different needs. Basil will germinate in about five to fifteen days and prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. It loves rich, well-drained soil and its flourishes when nourished with a fertilizer high in nitrogen every two weeks.

Rosemary, on the other hand, will germinate occurs within fourteen to twenty-one days and prefers full sun. This herb will thrive in light, well-drained soil. If you want a low-maintenance plant, then thyme is a great option. It takes about fourteen to twenty-one days to germinate and prefers the sun and partial shade in well-drained soil with mulch. No fertilizers are necessary since it is a hardy plant. 

Fertilizers use a ratio to tell consumers what it contains and in what amount. It goes from nitrogen to phosphorous to potassium. Nitrogen boosts chlorophyll production, which in turn promotes overall growth in plants. Phosphorus assists in the capture and conversion of sunlight into usable energy for the plant’s functions. Potassium promotes reproduction and root growth while increasing overall tolerance to drought and disease.

Balanced fertilizers have a ratio that have equal (or nearly equal) components of each nutrient. However, not every plant can benefit from a ratio like that. For example, excess phosphorus can be bad for your plants. The best ‘balanced’ fertilizers have a ratio like 5:1:3 or similar.