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.
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.