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Growing mediterranean herbs in a container

Hi Folks

Live in Scotland and purchased one of these. Bath 4ft x 2ft x 1ft

It is in a very sunny site in the garden against a white wall. Im looking to grow Thyme and Rosemary and other herbs. Im aware that it needs very free draining soil and I have placed many drainage holes. Has anyone got any recommendations on what substrate and quantities should I use for this.

Many thanks



  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..when I first looked I thought that was a 2 lb loaf, now I see it's a 4 foot bath of sorts... you have done well with the preparation, but what I would advise is not to use a multi purpose peat based compost, as such plants don't grow naturally on it, but to use a mix of  soil based John Innes no. 2, copious amounts of horticultural grit, and for added drainage and bulk, I mix in some composted bark....

    ..also, I wouldn't plant Rosemary in that, they tend to grow very big and wide... not sure if there are any really dwarf ones on the market... I grow Chives, Thymes, Oregano, and Marjoram.... but my trough isn't as big as yours... you could put in a small lavender if you wish...avoid mint...


  • BiljeBilje Posts: 740

    can't disagree with any of Salinos reply. However if you want to grow rosemary grow it in a pot in your bath,that will restrict its growth.  However should it get to big you can lift the pot without too much disturbance. I take cuttings every two years then it's out with the old and in with the new. Old woody growth makes good skewers for BBQs.     Mint likes less sun I find so grow it in pots on the shadier side. I have several which I grow for the scent of the crushed leaves, Apple mint it good for sauce.

  • Ne1lNe1l Posts: 28

    Many thanks to both of you!

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