Choosing the Right Container
However, there are certain glossy pots made of lead or other materials that you should avoid. Plastic or ceramic pots are an excellent option as they retain moisture better than the terracotta pots which tend to be porous.
The choice of the container is also dictated by whether you want it to be placed in a porch or a sunroom. If you are placing it in the sunroom, choose a long pot with two to three herbs. However, if you want to place it on the windowsill of your kitchen, small compact containers are the best.
If you are using a window box for planting the herbs, the tallest herbs should be planted at the center while the low herbs should be at the ends. Trailing plants, like oregano, can be placed at the edges for a beautiful cascade over the edges.
Choosing Herbs for the Garden
The herbs you choose for your garden may also depend on the food you like. For Mexican food, herbs such as cilantro and epazote are a good choice while Asian cuisines may demand lemongrass or Thai basil flavor.
Caring for Your Garden
The soil should be well watered. It is a good idea to place it in a spot where you can harvest it daily. Herbs can be grown outdoors, even in freezing temperatures. While the hardy perennial herbs will come back each year, there are herbs which cannot tolerate freezing and will have to be replaced each year.