When I bought my bay tree three years ago, it was not much more than a seedling. Once put into a larger pot it grew well, but was clearly restricted by the pot. Nonetheless, it has already supplied me with enough leaves for my culinary needs.
The carrots which came out in order to accommodate the tree were a bit small. I didn’t feel I could wait any longer, though. The pot it was in will probably be needed for peppers or tomatoes, in spite of my best intentions to grow everything in the ground.
However, at least the bay tree now has space for its roots. And soon the lavender will be joining it.