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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 9:56 pm    Post subject: Herb pots Reply with quote

This year I tried growing herbs for the first time. I got one of those terracotta pots with the multiple openings around the pot. I was wondering how much success do people have with these containers. I found it continuously dried out to the determent of the herbs. Even though I made sure to water/feed it regularly.
Maybe these containers just aren't that suited to herbs?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Marge. I had one of those pots, Ithink it is called a strawberry pot. They truly are very thirst but I kept a good eye on it. My herbs did really well in it though. Many herbs like a dryish soil anyway.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

strawberry pot....that's it I think.
Actually I have strawberries in a smaller version of my herb pot. I planted strawberries in a plastic container also. The strawberries have done much better in the plastic pot then the terracotta one.
I was wondering if the soil gets too hot in the terracotta container? They look so good in all those magazine photos, but I don't think I have had much success with them.

Can I take that pot indoors over the winter and continue to grow herbs - parsley - chives - basil - fenil?
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 9:48 am    Post subject: Plastic Vs terracota, terracota Vs plastic. Reply with quote

Plastic Vs terracota.
Terracota Vs plastic.

You are right terracota looks much nicer.

You see the thing about terracota is that it is porous.
On a dry day splash some water on terracota pot and listen to it "sing" as all the pores suck up the water.
Marge, what probably happens to you is your pot is absorbing quite a quantity of water, making it inaccesable to the herbs.

Solutions.
The next time you buy a terracota pot, buy some sealer in a paint shop as well.
Paint this onto the inside of the pot, preventing valuable water entering the pores.
The next time you plant a terracota pot invest in some water storage granuales.
These crystals swell up with water and provide a reserve if needed.
You mix them into the compost as you fill the container.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 12:25 pm    Post subject: Herbs indoors over winter? Reply with quote

MargeSimpson wrote:


Can I take that pot indoors over the winter and continue to grow herbs - parsley - chives - basil - fenil?


Parsley will have to be sown again next season, it is an annual herb and gets tough late in the season.
Chives can be grown indoors or out. Best outdoors, they can be planted in a bed or border or with your veg.
Basil is like the parsley, resow for next season.
Fennel depending on the variety is not frost hardy, so you may as well bring it indoors.

The pot can be left in a well lit garage for frost protection.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its always important to soak a terracotta pot in water preferably overnight before planting anything in it . Ordinary P V A glue will seal it
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
Its always important to soak a terracotta pot in water preferably overnight before planting anything in it . Ordinary P V A glue will seal it
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I didn't know any of that. It's surprising that the pots don't come with a care label.
They could mention the soaking over night idea!

That's just another thing I have learned this year. By next year I have high expectations for myself. I should have a garden fit for Chelsea!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing One of my first jobs as an apprentice gardener was to get the pots from the water barrel every morning . I had to break the ice on the top of the barrel , roll up my sleeves and into it . It was a bit like the beer ad on telly now .
The apprentices always got the lousy jobs but that's how we learned Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2006 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MargeSimpson wrote:
I should have a garden fit for Chelsea!! Laughing


Or fit for LIVERPOOL. Razz
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