Planting an Herb and Flower Container Garden – Family Plot

All right Joellen. Container planting. – [Joellen] Yes. – So you’re gonna get us started. And I’m sure you know.

All right Joellen. Container planting. – [Joellen] Yes. – So you’re gonna get us started. And I’m
sure you know all about planting these containers, don’t you? – Yes, I’ve planted many over the years. – I know you have. So how do we get started? – Well I am going to add some Soil Moist crystals
to our container. This will help in keeping the plants
with water throughout the summer when it’s hot. And I,
they’re… I’ve used them for many years, they do a great job.
What’s very interesting, kids actually love these. Because look how
small they are. – [Chris] Wow, they are. – They’re very small. And then when you add
water… They get to be like this. – That’s a pretty good size. – And this is the whole idea. When you water
your container, the water absorbs in these crystals and they expand
like this. And adds extra water in the flowerbed for your
plants to use between waterings. – [Chris] Okay. – So it really does help keep your plants
healthy in between waterings, and make you not have to water
the bed so much. – Okay, smart. – So we’re going to incorporate these within
the first six inches of this container. Because we don’t need to
go all the way down, because the roots don’t go but around six
or so inches. And that’s where the majority of the roots are gonna
be, so that’s where we want to put these crystals. So we’ll sprinkle
them in first. – [Chris] And they just go right there on
top. – [Joellen] Well, we’re gonna start of with
them on top, and then we will incorporate them in. And by the way,
this was about a tablespoon of crystals, in four cups of water. – [Chris] Wow. – So they go a long way. – Have you always used these? – I’ve always used them. And these will stay
in the ground, you will have to replace them, but they should
last about five years. But then we’re gonna take them, and we don’t
want them on top, we want to incorporate them in the bed. – And while you do that Joellen, so what happens
if you don’t hydrate them first? What if you just– – Well if you don’t hydrate them first and
you water them, I’ve had people think, “Oh a little goes a long
way.” And actually, the crystals, once they got wet, came up and poured
out of the top of the plant, the pot. And just stood on the
surface, and that wasn’t gonna do any good to the bed. Now since we’re
adding herbs, we’re gonna add some herbs that are perennial, and
one that’s a bi- annual, which will have to be replaced, and
they will stay evergreen all winter and summer long. And
in fact to have a little bit of structure to the garden, we’re going
to plant a rosemary in the center for some height. – While you do that Joellen, let’s let the
folks know, what do we mean by perennial and bi-annual? – Perennials will come back every year. Bi-annuals
live for two years and then they die. And you have to replace
them. And that’s what our parsley is, we’ll be planting. Parsley
is a bi-annual. – Gettin’ the gloves ready. – [Joellen] Get my gloves. I always wear gloves.
And I’m gonna pull this gently out of the pot and you’ll
see it’s a little bit root bound, but not bad. If you wanna leave
this in, you can. Or you can take it out, it doesn’t matter. We
only have one plant in here. We’re gonna rough up these roots a little
bit, spread ’em out. And we’re gonna plant it just at the
soil surface. We don’t want to bury it. – [Chris] Ah-hah, okay. So let the roots get
out. – [Joellen] Let the roots get out, but just
plant it at the soil surface. And next we will plant the parsley,
we have two of them here. These are a little root bound too, we’ll
work on them a little bit. – [Chris] Oh yeah. – Separate the roots, just a little bit, we
want them to go out and not around, like the bottom of the container. – So Joellen, for our viewers, if they’re
in the store and they’re looking for some plant material, they’re looking
for the white roots? – White roots, yes. And we’re gonna plant
these together like they’re one big plant. And next we’re gonna
plant the other herb, which is a chive. – [Chris] Okay. – And you can keep cutting on these and it’ll
keep growing out. Sometimes, these are supposed to be perennials,
so you shouldn’t have to replace them, but if you do need to,
you can. – [Chris] And again, nice, white, fibrous
roots. – Nice one, these aren’t root bound or anything,
can just plant those just like that. So they’re very, very
nice. Again, we’ll plant them together. And these will keep growing
outward, so these will get bigger as they stay in here, just
like the rosemary will. And when you, since you’re gonna be trimming
on your rosemary, you can actually shape it into a nice tree, conical
shape. If you want. Because you’re gonna be trimming on
it to use your herbs in your cooking. – [Chris] It smells good too! – Now a lot of times… I always use marigolds.
One think, they’re very cheery, they’re very pretty. – [Chris] Cheery. – I think they’re a really good plant to have
in your garden and it works just the same way with herbs. Now
there’s not a whole lot that disturbs these herbs. Now the parsley,
there’s some caterpillars, that like the parsley, but they
become butterflies, so I kinda let them have that. And because
the parsley will come back from it, it does not kill your parsley,
it just defoliates it and then it’ll come back. But when you have
a six pack like this, a lot of times the roots will be all be together,
so you want to squeeze the container on all sides. And gently
lift the plant out, trying to keep all the root ball intact. Just
like this. There we go, there’s one. And these are nicely rooted.
There’s not too many roots, it’s not too root bound, it’s just
got enough roots, very good. But the marigolds act, there’s a lot
of bugs that don’t like the smell of marigolds so I kinda like to
use them with the herbs just to make sure all the bad bugs don’t like
to get on the plants. – So it’s the smell. – It’s the smell of them, they have a little
smell to them that the rest of the… Some bugs just don’t like.
And then we will plant these, again, just at the soil surface.
We don’t want to bury them. – [Chris] Yeah, those are right at the surface,
okay. – [Joellen] Yeah, we don’t want to bury them. – That’s a good lesson, I see a lot of people
making that mistake. – A lot of people bury things too deep. I’d
rather have it a little bit high than too deep. And see, we’ve
got plenty of soil in here. And next, besides these, to make
a little bit of color. We’ve got green and we’ve got yellow, this
adds some red. And because all of these plants like it on the
dry side, we are gonna put a red vinca, because vinca also likes
it on the dry side. – [Chris] Yeah. – Nicely rooted, not too much, very, very
nice. We’ll plant that there. And these will all grow up and grow
together and then you’ll be able to harvest all of your rosemary,
your chives and your parsley, all through the growing season.
And the good thing about this is it stays all winter long. – [Chris] Okay. – So, in the fall, when you start changing
out your seasonal color, you can also change out these seasonal
color, but leave your herbs in. So you can continue to use
them. – [Chris] Okay, good idea. – And I like to set things out first to see
how evenly spaced it is in the bed. And then we plant again. Watch
the crown, the crown of plants, you want to plant them at the soil
surface and not below it. Once you’ve loosened up the soil
and put those soil crystals in the bed, you almost don’t even
need a trowel, you can just plant these with your hands. It’s all
nice and loose. Now you can put this container, you actually could
use this on your front porch if you wanted to. Have two of them that
match. You don’t have to have a barrel, it can be any kind
of container that you wish. But they, it will do well. As long as
you have about four to six hours of sun a day, because these vegetables
need, all of this stuff likes lots of sun. If you have a shady
place, there’s very few herbs that like a lot of shade, but there
might be a few out there. Everything, usually, herbs-wise likes
to have sun. So we were expecting this to have at least four
to six hours of sun a day. – And it will get that, and Joellen, we appreciate
that demonstration. We can’t wait to see what this
is gonna look like throughout the growing season. Thank you. – [Joellen] Thank you.

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