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How to Grow Multiple Herbs in One Pot

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When my eldest daughter got her first apartment after graduating from Howard University, she didn’t have a lot of outdoor space to start a garden. Just a sliver of concrete on her landlord’s patio. Though it wasn't much, it was something, and it got pretty good light during the day -- almost more than what she got in that basement apartment!

I sent her a specialized container gardening kit that I assembled myself, with cute little hand tools, some organic gardening nutrients, and seeds that were appropriate for Washington, D.C.’s USDA hardiness zone.

Did she keep it up? No 🙄. But it was such a delight sharing that insight with her. And I enjoyed the challenge of adapting my gardening strategy based on whatever kind of space that person was working with.

Yesterday, my youngest daughter, who also went to HU and stayed in D.C., asked how she could maximize her attempts at gardening within the confines of her east coast apartment.

Instead of having a bunch of different containers around, she wanted to know if there was a way she could grow multiple herbs in one pot. “Sure!” I told her. Just as long as you consider their compatibility beforehand.

It’s totally possible to grow numerous herbs in one pot, as long as they have compatible soil, watering, and sunlight requirements.

We decided that she would plant oregano, basil, and parsley in a very cute pot with a hole for good drainage. It will live on her balcony.

Specific directions on how to grow herbs can be found below.

Even if you don’t have a backyard or a lot of space, it’s still possible for you to start growing your own food. And when you can save resources by growing up to three herbs in one pot, why not??


1. Use potting soil only (certified organic is my preference for edible plants).

2. Depending on your space, select a pot that will allow for plant growth. (however, too large can leave the roots looking for a place to settle and spread).

3. Ensure that he container that you select has a drain hole for good plant drainage.

4. Oregano, Basil and Parsley needs moist soil however, let the soil dry a bit in between watering, they all require 6 to 8 hrs. of sun.

5. Always read the growing requirement before combining herbs.

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