Mint, parsley, coriander and basil are some of my favorite herbs. They look good. They smell great. They taste amazing. Most of all, they are available at my nearby supermarket. Easy and tasty – just the way I like them to be.
I don’t like to pay €1.99 (about $2.75) a pot knowing that they’ll be dying tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. Fortunately, it is very easy to repot them and turn them into one-pot indoor herb garden as soon as you get home.
What you need:
- 4 x Supermarket herbs: mint, parsley, coriander and basil
- 10 – 12 Litres of potting soil
- 1 x Large pot with a built-in drainage system
- Some water
- Garden gloves
- Garden tool set
Please note that I am using a square pot of 40 x 40 x 33 cm or about 15,75 x 15,75 x 12 inch because it’s easier to repot 4 different herbs due to the 4 corners of the square pot.
But it doesn’t really matter whether you’ll be using a round or square pot as long as it is large enough to easily put 10 – 12 litres of potting soil into and has a proper built-in drainage system.
What you need to do:
- Remove the plastic covers from the herbs and let them “cool down” for a short while.
- Meanwhile, put the potting soil into the large pot.
- Moisten the potting soil lightly but thoroughly with some water.
- Remove the original tiny pots from the herbs.
- Squeeze and loosen the roots of the herbs very gently so they can “breath in”.
- Dig 4 holes in the potting soil using the garden tool set.
- Place the herb one by one into the large pot and firm the potting soil around the roots gently.
- Water them when finished to fresh them up.
- Place the large pot indoor where they can get a full sunlight or on your balcony (if you’ve had one).
- Water them regularly. Don’t overwater.
As you can see from the image above that the supermarket herbs come ussually in crampy tiny pots, which are all rooted and have barely potting soil. Hence, the need for a large pot, a lot of potting soil and a built-in drainage system to repot into so they can live on or at least longer than 3 months.
Having said that, if you have bought more than 4 different supermarket herbs, please use an even larger pot or repot them into 2 – 3 large pots so they’ll get enough space to grow.
Do you have other tips and tricks on repotting supermarket herbs? Please share them in the comment section below. Thank you and happy repotting!
I just wanted to give you an update on my one-pot herb garden. The herbs are (still) alive and kicking on the balcony. I’ve also noticed that the mint is growing faster than the other herbs. All in all, the full sunlight has been treating them very well indeed (see Vine below):
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