Happy Herbs

After years of unsuccessful attempts to grow Mediterranean herbs in heavy clay soil, I’ve moved them all to containers.  After a couple of years of experimentation including, surprisingly, a few deaths by drought, I’ve settled on mostly self-watering containers with a mix of potting soil and sand.  These containers are lined up in the hottest, driest spot in my yard — the north end of the driveway with plenty of south sun and reflected heat from asphalt.

Driveway Containers, 10 May 2012

I’m extremely please with how well these containers are doing and I keep expanding each year.  I’m planning to fill two more green boxes this year.

The current highlight is the two varieties of chives in bloom.  I’m watching very closely so I can pick the maximum number of high quality flowers to make a batch of chive flower vinegar–my first garden preservation project for this year.

Seed Grown Chives, 10 May 2012

Profusion® Chives, 10 May 2012

For more details on these containers, check the Garden Journal entry for North Driveway Containers.


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