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Plant Herbs in Painted Pots

Pots are ideal for herbs — they enjoy the constricted space and can be clipped to size. Painting simple clay pots with complementary colors and mulching with slate adds to the appeal.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Colorful Clay Pots and Slate Mulch Add to Herbs

Step 1: 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.

Paint Clay Pots with Latex or Exterior Paint

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2: 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.

Put Broken Polystyrene Packaging in Bottom of Pot

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3: 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.

Position New Plant at Same Depth as Original Pot

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4: 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.

Fill With Soil Around Herb and Firm in Plant

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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