Basil, fennel and shiso container

Basil, fennel and shiso container

We show you how to make a classy herb pot using a galvanised bucket - perfect for summer pickings.

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A shiny metal-style container is ideal for growing herbs for summer pickings. In this unusual pot, we’ve used a summer essential – basil – with Florence fennel and shiso, also known as perilla.

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Find out how to make this herb pot in our step-by-step guide, below.

A shiny metal-style container is ideal for growing herbs for summer pickings.

You will need

  • Metal bucket
  • John Innes No.2 compost
  • Slow-release fertiliser granules
  • 2 small fennel
  • 1 purple shiso (Perilla frutescens)
  • 1 ‘Sweet Genovese’ basil
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Step 1

Make drainage holes in the base of the container. Fill two-thirds with John Innes No. 2 compost. Add the slow-release fertiliser granules.

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Step 2

Pack in your plants, placing the taller growing fennel at the back, and the bushier plants at the front.

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Step 3

Fill between the plants and top up with compost to 5cm below the container rim. Water well and place in a sunny spot.

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Kevin Smith says

If you can’t find shiso, substitute it with purple basil or lettuce.

Kevin Smith