Herbs in a Strawberry Planter

On May 20th I planted a collection of herbs into my terracotta strawberry planter. I tried growing strawberries in it a couple years ago, but I found they just dried out . I got very little fruit, and they eventually died. Most herbs thrive in the drier conditions provided by terracotta. So, I made up a combination mix for this planter. It was half organic potting mix, and half soil given to me from a neighbour. You can’t get much more frugal than free; however, I’m a bit of a control freak about details. I was told there was coffee, and seaweed in the soil. I don’t know how much of either, so it’s difficult for me to gauge how much of other amendments to add. Apparently, coffee’s great for acid loving plants, and worms especially love it while slugs don’t. Yea for that. So, I didn’t add any green sand or other soil amendments, other than vermiculite and perlite. I will say the soil is lovely and dark and full of worms.

a strawberry planter full of herbs with extra rosemary and marjoram on the side

Here’s a good tip, that I wish I had considered before I started this: when planting a strawberry planter, plant as you fill. So, in other words, don’t fill the whole container full of your soil or mix, and then try to cram the poor plants into the little holes, the way I did. (Marjoram is a wimpy ass plant, by the way.) It still hasn’t properly recovered from the abuse. Fortunately, I did plant some in its own terracotta pot as well, as it will need to come in for the winter with the rosemary. I do love the smell of marjoram, and apparently it has a beneficial effect on the plants around it, improving their growth and flavour. I’ve never cooked with it before, but I feel fancier just knowing that I have some growing on the patio.

The other plants in the planter are tarragon, italian parsley, sage, thyme (which is now blooming), winter savory, and I seeded some genovese basil in the top. It took 12 days to sprout. I can’t wait to make pesto, one of my favourites.

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