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  • Writer's pictureToni Kenyon

How to feed your herbs in pots

Small herb planter
Growing Herbs in Small Spaces

Keeping anything alive in a pot has its issues. Fortunately, herbs are a hardy bunch and usually thrive in a pot.

They're often described as low maintenance plants and I couldn't agree more.

The complication arises when you put a number of herbs together in a small space. They may compete for nutrition, sunlight, water and other resources.

The trick to keeping your herbs happy, healthy and productive is to feed the soil.

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How to fertilise your herbs organically:

Treat the soil like a forest floor. You wouldn't go out the door without any clothes on and nature doesn't like to have her soil bare! A forest floor is always covered with forest debris: leaves, twigs bits of dead things ;-)

Treat the soil in your pot the same way. Cover the soil with compost, fallen leaves, bits of straw, cut grass, anything that stops the soil being exposed. This is called a mulch layer.

You'll have to keep replenishing the mulch layer, because the microbes in the soil will devour it. This keeps your soil well fed and thus your herbs well fed.

Trench composting on a small scale is also what I employ to keep my soil well fed. Simply put, this means moving aside your mulch layer and laying vegetable and fruit scraps directly on the soil. You can see a demonstration in the video below.

Liquid fertilisers are great--but they're liquid. They give plants a quick boost, but I believe adding mulch and trench composting is one of the easiest ways to keep the herbs in your pots happy, healthy and producing well.

I like to stay away from synthetic fertilisers because 'they're synthetic' and because they mess with the soil microbes that you're cultivating in your pot.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of how I trench compost in a pot.

Love & lettuce,

Toni xx


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