I want to grow herbs outdoors in 4 or 5 cinder blocks on the ground (on top of dirt but added dirt in the holes of the blocks), and though it’s April, it is still cold at night, almost freezing some nights. When would be a good time to put the seeds in the dirt?
The Gardener’s Answer
It is that time of year again, and in the next month we will be safe to plant summer annuals. Some herbs are perennials for us and will come back from year to year. Others are considered annuals. When grown in containers they are more exposed to the elements, but many will survive the winter and thrive the following growing season.
To grow a successful herb garden, there are a few factors to consider. First, making sure that they will be given sufficient sunlight is essential. Place your creative containers in the sunniest space of your garden. Next, fill your containers with high-quality potting soil. If it does not come with nutrients, you can add compost to the mixture. Drainage is also a consideration, but the cinder blocks allow for excellent drainage. You might want to break up the soil surface where they will be placed before planting them.
Depending on the herbs that you choose, you can purchase plants or seed packets. Each seed packet will have specifics in terms of germination, and you can start them indoors if you want to get a jump-start. Have fun choosing your herbs, and don’t forget you can dry them or add olive oil to the foliage and store them in ice cube trays. This way you can enjoy them all year long.