Step 1

Paint Clay Pots with Latex or Exterior Paint

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Paint Pots

Rub down and clean the surface of a 1-quart clay pot. Paint each one with either flat latex or exterior gloss paint, depending on the effect you want to achieve.

Step 2

Put Broken Polystyrene Packaging in Bottom of Pot

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Polystyrene Packaging and Potting Mix

Break up polystyrene packaging that bedding plants are sold in to form a layer of crocks at the bottom of the pot. Polystyrene is light, easily broken, and can be used instead of terra-cotta. Add some multipurpose potting mix.

Step 3

Position New Plant at Same Depth as Original Pot

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add Plant to Pot

Position the plant to check that it will be planted at the same depth as in its original container. Water it, and then remove it from its pot. If it is root-bound, tease out the roots to encourage it to establish.

Step 4

Fill With Soil Around Herb and Firm in Plant

Photo By: DK - Vegetable Gardening ©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Vegetable Gardening, 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Surround Plant With Soil

Position the herb in the pot. Fill in with soil around the plant and firm it in. Water the pot well and cover the soil surface with small slate chips. These act as a good water conserver and decorative feature.