How to Build an Herb Garden on Your Apartment's Balcony

By Fawn Farley , last updated February 24, 2011

For a simple addition to your apartment that is good for your health and doesn't require a lot of space, you can build an herb garden on your apartment's balcony at an affordable price in very little time. All you will need is herbs, soil, and some pots.

First, decide whether you want to grow your herbs from seed, cutting, or transplant. Growing herbs from seed is the most cost effective option. Some herbs that grow well from seed are basil, parsley, chives, and oregano. Some herbs, like rosemary, propagate very well by taking a cutting from a mother plant. The easiest way, however, is to get starters from your local nursery or garden store.

There are many herbs to choose from when planting an herb garden. Consider what kind of herbs you frequently cook with or make tea from. Are there any herbs you’ve wanted to try? What types of herbs grow well in your climate? Some popular suggestions are basil, rosemary, thyme, chamomile, lemon balm, mint, cilantro, and sage.

Once you have your herbs, you may want to repot them into larger, more stylish, pots. Six inches in diameter is a good size pot for most herbs. Choose pots that match the decor of your patio. Terra cotta and heavy clay pots are preferred, but any pot will work as long as it has good drainage holes. You can make your own potting soil mix or buy one already mixed. Add a small amount of soil to the pot, place your transplant in its new pot, and add soil around it to bring the soil level up to that of your transplant. Water well. Another option is to plant a few different types of herbs in a long, trough-like planter.

Now, consider where on your patio to place your herbs. As most herbs require four to six hours of sunlight, make sure to put them in a sunny spot. You may consider getting a plant stand to keep them all together. Make sure they are in a location where they will not be knocked down, but have them visible enough that you do not forget about them.

Once you have your herb garden planted, you can enjoy fresh herbs whenever you like, without the expensive trip to the grocery store.

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