New to Gardening, Need Advice

zaatarahMarch 16, 2014

This will be my very first attempt at growing herbs, which should be pretty easy, if you ask the internet. :) I eat a lot of parsley and mint. And would love to grow them rather than keep overpaying for them :) I'll have a decent patio space to do this, but I think my best bet is a vertical garden. Now I move to my new place midweek, and I'm not sure how much natural light I'll be getting there, it's on the first floor. It gets light, but it's not an all day sunny part, either. But I read mint, parsley, basil, etc can be grown indoors so I'm assuming it'll be OK.

My questions are: 1. I want to grow a decent yielding amount, other than constantly cultivating, and growing each in one long row, what would be a good idea? I LOVE tabbouleh in the summer, and I'll be using them as much as I get them, so I have no problem with getting a nice yield. So is growing two rows each of mint and of parsley a bad idea? It'll be feeding two people? Or would that be good enough to get a good growth? How often do I expect be able to harvest these and for them to grow back? Sorry if the terms are wrong.

2. Plastic or wood containers? Should I try to build it angled so the bottom sticks out or it doesn't matter?

3. I like the look of the wooden vertical gardens but they're expensive. And the pallets look like they're a lot of work and maybe won't grow as much as I want. Suggestions for cheap ways to do this? Keep in mind I've never done this before and have about 0 building stuff skills. Willing to learn, just don't have much cash on hand to buy and invest in tools etc at this point.

4. Those in DC or other places with urban gardening, any ideas you might have on what works and what doesn't in this climate, or ideas on where i can get help if needed, cheap material etc.

Sorry it's all over the place and thanks in advance for the help.

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amanda_m(z7 MD)

If you want to grow mint without worrying about it spreading and taking over (which it will) - consider a herb tower.

Our landscape guy suggested one and we apre putting it in this year, using the prettiest pots we can find!

All kinds of mint grow like weeds. My experience with lemon balm (melissa) taught me that. I think you can grow enough mint and parsley for two people in the area you have.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tower of Herbs

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 4:42PM
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I just came across something you might be interested in! Its an automated hydroponic garden! It automatically provides optimal growing conditions by maintaining nutrient and pH levels. The site I found is called Automate Hydroponics dot com

    Bookmark   September 4, 2014 at 2:44PM
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You should check out this guy's grow tower. You could do some kind of modification of this and prevent the mint from spreading while getting more plants in a small space facing the window.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2014 at 12:23AM
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