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What You'll Need for Pizza Herb Container Garden
Is there anyone out there who doesn't like pizza? Even if you don't make the pizza yourself, adding fresh herbs to any pizza, frozen, takeout or homemade can make it taste great. To have an easy and plentiful supply of herbs, make a pizza garden―a container garden filled with fresh herbs that go well on pizza. It's an easy and fun project to do with kids. A pizza container garden can also make a terrific gift.
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- A large container with drainage holes―lots of them
- Good quality potting soil, preferably organic with a slow release fertilizer
- Herbs - Parsley, thyme, basil, oregano and anything else you want on pizza. You could also include a tomato plant, or hot pepper plant in this pot.
- Sun - Most of these herbs thrive in full sun - at least 6 hours a day.
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Creating a Pizza Garden
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- First, make sure your pot has enough drainage holes. Next, you'll need to cover the holes with something that will let water out, but keep your soil in. For this metal container use a heavy plastic bag with lots of small holes punched in it. You can also use plastic window screening or coffee filters to cover the holes. An even better solution is Better than Rocks plastic mesh. Also, keep in mind that if you live in a hot climate, the metal can get really hot - hot enough to burn you or your plants, so be careful.
- Next, add enough potting soil to your container so that your plants will sit an inch or two from the top of your pot. This will make it so the soil doesn't flood out the top when you water.
- Take your plants carefully out of their nursery pots and if the roots are visible and packed together, gently pull them apart.
- Place your plants in your container and make sure to give them some room. In most container gardens we cram plants close together, but in this case, some plants, particularly basil, needs space for air circulation.
- Thyme, oregano and some varieties of tarragon and parsley will drape, so we put them on the edges. Basil is good in the middle as is rosemary because they tend to be taller and more upright.
- Once you have placed your plants add potting soil, making sure to fill in the spaces between the plants and pat it down gently.
- When you are finished water generously―making sure to add water until it runs out the bottom of the container. You may need to add more soil at this point.
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Caring for Your Pizza Garden
Place your pizza garden in full sun and water generously when the soil feels dry. Use diluted liquid fertilizer every couple of weeks. We use an organic liquid fish emulsion.
- To keep your basil bushy, use it often or clip it back―the more you use the more you'll have (of course within reason).
- If you have a sunny spot inside or a grow light, this could be a year 'round container garden.
- If one of your plants dies or begins to look awful, just pull it or dig it out of your pot and replace it with another plant.
- Cut back parsley and dill before it flowers.
- Dill is great on seafood pizza.
- Chives are also good on pizza and easy to grow.
- Don't use too much fertilizer―it can effect the taste of the herbs.