by Kim Nichols Messer
Herbs can be grown easily in a container. I like to start a couple of herb pots each season. In the fall and winter, I prefer the savory herbs. You may use almost any type of container. A lightweight plastic container is good if you need to move the pot around as the light changes during the season. A 15-gallon container will fit six herb plants easily. Most herbs really only need about six inches of soil below to spread out their roots. A large terra cotta pot is a beautiful addition to a porch or patio but will be a bit heavy to move. A 16.5-inch pot will hold six herb plants. You may also plant herbs in a window box. A smallish version will easily hold four herb plants. I have parsley in a large mason jar in the kitchen window. A small Bay Laurel plant will do well in a small pot outside in the sunshine.
Use good organic potting soil in a pot with several holes for good drainage. Then choose your favorite herb combinations. As the weather cools, I will be roasting root vegetables and making soups. Some of my favorite winter herbs are Sage, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme and of course Parsley. Try roasting some beets with olive oil and rosemary. Or butternut squash with sage. Thyme is great with chicken and roasted vegetables. Sage and Bay leaves are great in soups and stews. Herbs are so easy to grow and so economical to have nearby for use in your cooking. Fresh herbs will really enhance the flavor of your dish. Give it a try, grow some herbs.