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[caption id="attachment_4531" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Rosemary"]Rosemary[/caption]Fresh, home-grown herbs can be the highlight of any cook’s menu. What many don’t know is that herbs are easy to grow in containers, can be brought inside when the weather gets cold and will continue growing! Follow these tips below and you will thank yourself when your summer meals are bursting with fresh, home-grown flavor. One of the most important aspects of having delicious success with your container herb garden is choosing the right containers. It doesn’t matter exactly what the container is; a plastic or terracotta [caption id="attachment_4528" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Sweet Basil"]Sweet Basil[/caption]pot, window box, or a strawberry pot (a great space-saver to plant several herbs together) – all you need to make sure is that your container has good drainage. Drainage holes are necessary so any excess water will drain out the bottom and not rot your precious herbs! As for soil in your containers, use any organic potting mix that you can pick up at your local gardening center. If you have compost readily available, the more the merrier! Make sure to use Organic Fertilizer to feed your plants all season long, which will [caption id="attachment_4529" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Chives"]Chives[/caption]promote better growth and healthier plants. Be sure to check herbs daily to see if they need a drink – containers need more watering than plants in the ground. Place your Container Herb Garden somewhere easily accessible. You will want to be able to walk right outside and pick your fresh herbs for dinner! If you are planting your first herb garden, try starting with the most common, beloved herbs like Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme, Chives and Dill. If you are more experienced or are looking for a [caption id="attachment_4530" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Oregano"]Oregano[/caption]unique variety of herbs, try Cinnamon Basil or Lemon Basil, Sage, Catnip for your feline friends, Florence Fennel, Chamomile, Rocket Arugula, or Rosemary. Planting herbs in containers right outside your kitchen door or window allows for you to not only monitor the plants closely, but pick them at your convenience and easily bring them indoors for the colder months. Won't it be fun to brag at your next dinner party that the Basil in your pesto was grown with your own hands? Happy Gardening!