I have something to confess. I am not a natural at gardening.
Folks, I am serious when I say that I do not have a green thumb. People often look at me in surprise because they assume that because I write about natural health and use herbs on a regular basis, I must automatically have a luscious garden that I tend to every summer day.
I could only wish.
I do manage to grow a few tomatoes and a variety of lettuces, but I’m still striving for that luscious garden of my dreams.
Growing herbs in containers, however, is something I can do. There’s something about sticking plants in a pot that produces a higher success rate for me than digging that spade into the ground. Container growing can be a simple and rewarding way to grow culinary herbs to use both for cooking and making medicine!
If you struggle with traditional gardening like I do, I have good news! Container growing is easy and can be very rewarding.
So here are some culinary herbs that are easy to grow in containers. Plus, I’m sharing several delicious recipes and medicinal ways to use each herb – 100 ways to be exact!
10 Culinary Herbs To Grow In Containers (+ 100 Ways To Use Them)
Mint is a very invasive herb and can take over your whole garden, so containing it in a pot is a great idea. Mint is so good to consume for digestive issues!
Pearl Couscous Salad with Mint and Pecans @ The Kitchn
Cranberry Bean Salad with Basil, Mint, and Feta @ The Kitchn
Mixed Berries and Mint @ Saveur
5 Ways to Use Fresh Mint @ Bonnie Plants
Yellow Watermelon and Mint Pops @ Epicurious
Chile Ginger Mint Jellies @ Epicurious
Garlic and Mint Chicken Breasts @ Better Homes and Gardens
Honey Mint Glazed Chicken @ Simply Recipes
Fresh Mint Ginger Lemonade @ A Beautiful Plate
Mint Lemon Limeade @ Food Network
Basil is good for the digestive system and is a choice herb for pizza and pastas. It’s a good herb to plant indoors on a windowsill, or outdoors in a container as well!
Just a Spoon Full of Basil Helps The Coughing Go Down @ Herbal Root Zine
Pesto Chicken Tart @ The Kitchn
Lemon Basil Bow Ties @ Taste Of Home
Basil Baked Tomatoes @ Taste Of Home
Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce @ Taste Of Home
Basil Ice Cream @ The Faux Martha
Chicken Salad with Olive Oil and Herbs @ Alexandra’s Kitchen
Thai Basil Chicken @ Foodie Crush
Strawberry Basil Paletas @ A Girl Defloured
Edamame Basil Hummus @ Two Peas & Their Pod
Parsley is many times only used as a garnish for dishes, but it really does great inside dishes as well. It’s also healthy for the urinary and digestive tracts.
How To Use Parsley For Urinary Tract Infections @ Simple Remedies
Chimichurri @ Simply Recipes
Gremolata @ Simply Recipes
Parsley Pesto Recipe @ Food Network
Roast Chicken with Onions and Parsley @ NY Times Cooking
Mashed Potatoes with Olive Oil and Parsley @ Fine Cooking
How to Make Parsley Tea With Fresh Parsley @ Healthy Eating
Parsley Pesto Pasta @ Budget Bytes
Thyme is another herb I really like for Italian dishes, but it’s also great on vegetables and grains. Medicinally, it’s good for the immune, respiratory, and nervous systems. Thyme is also the active ingredient in my natural disinfectant!
As a medicine, thyme is popular as a syrup for coughs!
Sweet Lemon, Honey, and Thyme Syrup @ Reformation Acres
Juniper and Herb Roast Turkey @ My Recipes
Linguine with Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme Mushrooms @ Food Network
Thyme Cornbread @ My Recipes
Slow-Baked Salmon with Lemon and Thyme @ Epicurious
Lemon and Thyme Chicken Breasts @ For the Love of Cooking
Roasted Carrots with Parsley and Thyme @ NY Times Cooking
Thyme Roasted Potatoes @ Recipe.com
Thyme Roasted Vegetables @ Taste of Home
Oregano is an herb in the same family as mint, so it can really grow fast and take over an herb garden. Growing oregano in a pot is a great choice to keep it contained. It grows up to 2 feet tall and its flavors intensify when it’s had a full day of sunshine. Oregano is a perfect culinary herb for spaghetti, pizza, vegetables and meat.
Roast Lamb with Olives, Lemon, & and Fresh Oregano @ Nourished Kitchen
Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots, and Potatoes with Fresh Oregano @ Capay Valley Farm Shop
Rigatoni Puttanesca with Eggplant and Fresh Oregano @ Blue Apron
Lemon-Oregano Salmon with Roasted Tomatoes @ Recipe Girl
How To Make Oregano Tea @ Do It Yourself
Marinated Goat Cheese with Fresh Oregano @ Recipe.com
Greek Salad with Fresh Oregano @ Integrative Cancer Answers
Fresh Tomato Penne with Oregano @ My Recipes
Cilantro is my favorite herb to put in homemade salsas, Mexican rice, and is delicious tossed in salads too! It has no special soil needs and does fine growing in the shade, so it’s hard to go wrong with this herb.
Garlic Cilantro and Lime Rice @ Food Network
Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad with Fresh Cilantro @ Epicurious
Cilantro Chicken @ Food.com
Cilantro Lime Herb Butter @ Simply Recipes
Cilantro Lime Shrimp @ Simply Recipes
Chicken Enchilada with Salsa Verde @ A Spicy Perspective
Cilantro & Ginger Hummus @ A Beautiful Mess
Fresh Cilantro with Black Beans and Tomato @ Spark Recipes
Fresh Corn Cilantro Salad @ Spark Recipes
When I think of rosemary, I think of how delicious it is in my sister’s potato soup, and how great it is at improving the memory and helping the respiratory system. Rosemary prefers dry soil and hot temperatures. The small leaves are most commonly used, but the flowers of this plant are edible too and great in cakes, cookies, and salads.
Rosemary Salve @ Herb Idea
Rosemary Butternut Squash Tofu Quiche Squares @ Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes @ Food Network
Skillet Rosemary Chicken @ Food Network
Caramelized Apples with Fresh Rosemary @ Martha Stewart
Fish Fillets with Fresh Rosemary @ Diabetes.org
Lentil Soup with Fresh Rosemary @ Vegetarian Times
Rosemary Lemonade @ Health.com
Fresh Rosemary French Fries @ Recipe 4 Living
Apple Chicken Salad with Rosemary Pecans @ The Fresh Market
Sage is the traditional seasoning in stuffing for turkeys and chickens, but I actually use it most in my homemade gravy. I had a lady tell me in my early years of marriage that sage has a taste similar to sausage, and it gives the gravy a sausage-like taste. We have learned to love adding sage to our gravy. Not only does it taste great, but it’s good for our health too!
Sage is also good for the respiratory tract and throat ailments.
Fettuccine with Brown Butter and Sage @ Epicurious
Sage and Garlic Roasted Chicken @ Pillsbury
Chicken Breast with Fresh Sage @ Food52
Sauteed Carrots with Sage @ My Recipes
Omelette with Fresh Sage @ The Everday French Chef
Roasted Potatoes with Fried Sage @ White on Rice Couple
Rosemary Sage Bread @ P&G Everyday
Fresh Lemon & Sage Veggie Pasta @ Living Well Spending Less
Sage-Roasted Turkey @ Williams-Sonoma
Broccoli and Sage Pasta @ Good Food
Who doesn’t love dill pickles? Well, most of us probably do! This herb is perfect for making pickles at home with your garden-fresh cucumbers, and it’s also fabulous in homemade potato salad. (I use dill pickles in my potato salad, but just the dill herb would taste great too!)
Lemon & Dill Chicken @ Eating Well
Sweet and Sour Cucumbers with Fresh Dill @ Epicurious
Braised Lemon Chicken with Dill and Turmeric @ Tori Avey
Baked Salmon with Dill @ My Recipes
Fresh Dill Cucumbers with Lemon @ Bon Appetit
Fresh Dill Yogurt Dip @ Betty Crocker
Green Beans with Fresh Dill @ Food.com
One Pot Chicken Dinner With Fresh Dill @ Real Healthy Recipes
Homemade Hummus with Fresh Dill @ Boston Magazine
Fresh Dill and Red Potato Salad @ Aberdeen’s Kitchen
You are likely familiar with horseradish as a dipping sauce for fish, but the herb itself is so excellent for the respiratory system. In fact, it’s one of the herbs that I use in my homemade fire cider that we take to help prevent and treat the flu. It’s a very potent herb, and does its job well!
Horseradish does well growing in gardens, but it also can be easily grown in containers!
Horseradish Cream Sauce @ Food Network
Fresh Horseradish Sauce @ My Recipes
Fresh Horseradish with Beets @ Panning the Globe
Winter Root Vegetable Stew @ Blue Apron
Twice Baked Potatoes with Fresh Horseradish @ Fine Cooking
Fire Cider @ Mommypotamus
Horseradish Mash @ Good Food
Fermented Horseradish @ Good Food
Tomato and Horseradish Cocktail Sauce @ Kitchen Konfidence
With a little effort and a handful of containers, you can soon enjoy a whole summer of cooking with fresh culinary herbs!
Have you tried container gardening? Which plants do you grow?
- Henderson, J. (2015). Everything You Need to Know About Growing Oregano – Herb Gardening 101. Retrieved June 02, 2016, from http://www.thekitchn.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-growing-oregano-220612
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