Hi I'm Tricia a California organic gardener and I love to cook with herbs and their really easy to grow in containers for a year-round supply or for those of you with limited space.
It's important to start out with a really good organic potting soil one that retains moisture really well since containers dry out faster than garden soil. As far as containers go herbs will grow in just about anything I'm using these environmentally friendly pots some of these are made out of bamboo and others out of rice hulls. Herbs generally have a small root system and don't mind drying out in between watering so you can get away with putting them in a small container. In fact some herbs like thyme and oregano wont be as tasty if they get a lot of water don't worry about fertilizing your herbs most herbs are very sensitive to over fertilization and some will die completely if they're overfed. Herbs don't care to be fussed over and viola. I'm planting two types of mint in this container; pineapple mint and spearmint from my friend Stephanie. Herbs don't really mind being snug with regular harvesting you'll end up with bushy contained herbs. With herbs the more you harvest the more you get, Viola. It's good to plant mint in containers because it can be very invasive it makes a great Moroccan mint tea and it can stand partial sun.
Basil is one annual that does mind crowding and that's because it's susceptible to mildew. So it's important to have good airflow between the plants. Not everybody has six or more hours of sun but that's ok there are some herbs that you can plant in containers that like partial sun; johnny jump ups, chamomile and chives. Water the pots and place them in a sunny or partially sunny location many herbs can also be grown indoors in a south facing window. Potting your culinary herbs makes it so much easier for you to use them when your cooking so Bon appetit and grow organic for life!