Creative Herb Garden Container Idea

Posted on Jun 30 2010 - 3:31am by Mike Lieberman

Most of my planting so far have been of one single herb or veggie in a container. This time I decided to get creative with a herb container idea – I surrounded calendula with basil, cilantro, parsley, and oregano.

I know that’s pretty crazy. It’s summer time, and I’m feeling frisky. Chopsticks were also reused as row markers to tell what the hell was planted where.

There were four sets of calendula seeds that were planted in the center of the container. To the top of basil about five sets of basil seeds were planted. To the left cilantro seeds were planted in about three rows. Parsley seeds were scattered along the bottom and oregano along the right side.

One of the top five gardening mistakes that I made last year was planting too many herbs together.
This is the first time that I’ve mixed up different kinds of seeds in s container like this.

That was in much smaller containers, so I’m hoping that the bigger self-watering container will allow the herbs to grow together. What do you think?


  • Justin J. Stewart

    I like it, might just go and try it myself!

  • vbdb

    First reaction is that it's great you're always learning by doing!

    For a better chance of success, you might want to transplant the seedlings to other pots after they've developed their first set of true leaves. Many herbs, particularly basil, are prone to problems when they don't get adequate air circulation. Remember how big these guys got when you grew them separately and imagine those all crowded into this one container. Also, basil is a warm weather herb; cilantro and parsley are cool season growers.

  • Mike Lieberman

    It's worth doing. Why not?

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the advice. Will see what happens.

  • Sketchkat06

    Looks good :)

  • Paulo

    I'm going to try this in my small window garden at the office. Will let you know how it goes.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Keep me updated.

  • prolificliving

    Beautiful, brilliant and well, a good looking guy in the video too :)! Really, I love planting stuff, it's an addiction and I wish I had more room for it (I only have balconies) so now with your guidance, I'll use more pots and mix away! Thank you!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for the compliment Farnoosh. There's much more to come. I'm just getting started on this thing. You should too.

  • home herb garden

    very brilliant idea. i would love to try this to my herb plants.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Dude it’s 2010 not 2003. Is that what you are really doing to build links?

  • Dr Jill Moncilovich

    Working with the 1 ft squares to increase yields.  Growing vining squash up plant ladders – Spaghetti squash is 4 feet tall and the pickling cucumbers are 5 feet tall.  Hope the deer stay out this year – have motion squeelers.

  • Mike Lieberman