Small spaces can be converted into a beautiful garden. All youneed is some pots, soil and the right crops. Here are the 5 best plants to grow in pots.
1. Invasive Herbs.Even if you have lots of land to harvest, there are just some herbs that are better off in a contained space. Mint, Oregano and Sage have a tendency to take over. And we mean, really take over. Trust us, you won’t like what they’ll do to your garden. So, keep these fave herbs potted and you won’t have any problems.
2. Catnip.It’s not going to find its way into your cooking but this herb works wonders at keeping your patio mosquito unfriendly. Thosebloodsuckersjust hate the smell of it. If you want to really double up on the anti-mozie plants, add some Geraniums and Indian Lemongrass (used to make citronella oil) to the pot and you’ll have a buzz-and-slap-free zone to enjoy your evenings makingYouTube videosof your very, very happy cat.
3. Calendula.You may think of them as your grandmother’s flower, but Marigolds (aka Calendula) serve many other purposes. They attract good bugs that will eat the bad bugs. Plus, once you’ve enjoyed their blooms; cut them, dry them, set them in oil and use the oil in a variety of healing salves and creams made rightin your own kitchen.
4. Herbal Tea.We may not have the climate to grow traditional tea plants but we can certainly grow some of our favourite herbal varieties.Chamomile, Echinacea and Bergamot will give you lots ofpretty bloomsand then later soothe you once they’ve been dried and steeped. Put them all in one container together and you’ve got a whole new meaning for the term ‘pot of tea’.
5. Micro Greens.The best part about micro-greens is that, well, they’re micro. You definitely don’t need a lot of space to grow a fine crop of itty-bitty greens and you don’t need to be fancy. A shallow (about 1-2″ deep), long tray works beautifully. Plus, they like company so you can grow a lot of them, very close together. Use scissors to chop as needed (preferably as you’re plating so your guests can ‘Ooo’ about the freshness of just-shorn baby greens) and then let those wee ones re-sprout. Don’t be tempted to let them grow them big – you don’t want them to become over-crowded, bitter macro-greens.
If you want a rockin potted garden, this is the perfect mix of colour, fragrance and freshness at your fingertips. Dig in.