Growing Herbs At Home: Making An Herb Garden In Your Yard
By: Heather Rhoades
Do you want to plant an herb garden but are not sure you can do it? Never fear! Starting an herb garden is one of the easiest things you can do. Growing herbs is an easy and delicious way to start gardening. Keep reading to learn about the steps for making an herb garden in your yard.
Choosing a Location for Starting an Herb Garden
Most of the herbs that you can grow at home need two things — sunlight and well-drained soil. This means that when considering places in your yard to plant an herb garden, you need to look for a location that gets six or more hours of sunlight a day and that is well drained.
Many people also consider convenience when selecting a place to start growing an herb garden. Planting near the kitchen or near the house will make it easier to harvest herbs from the herb garden.
Preparing the Soil Before You Plant an Herb Garden
Once you have chosen the location for growing an herb garden, you will need to prepare the soil. If the soil is sandy or clay heavy, add plenty of compost. Even if your soil is in pretty good condition, working some compost into the soil will help provide nutrients to the herbs while they are growing.
When growing herbs, do not use composted manures in the herb garden. These are typically high in nitrogen, which will make the herbs grow quickly but will reduce their flavor.
Choosing the Herbs You Will Be Growing in an Herb Garden
Which herbs you grow in your garden depends largely on what you would like to grow. Almost all herbs will grow for at least one season. Some will grow year after year. Some common herbs that people grow when first starting an herb garden are:
Planting and Growing Herbs
Herbs can be started from seed or planted as plants. Planting herb plants is easier than starting them from seed, but if you are on a tight budget, starting herbs from seeds is not that difficult.
Once you have you have planted your herb garden, make sure that it gets 2 inches of water every week.
Also make sure to harvest your herbs frequently. Many times when a new gardener is starting an herb garden, they are afraid that harvesting the herbs frequently will hurt them. Actually, the opposite is true. Frequent harvesting of herbs will result in the herb plant producing more and more foliage, which increases the amount you are able to harvest.
At the end of the season, you can also dry or freeze your herb harvest so you can enjoy home-grown herbs all year round.
Taking the time to plant an herb garden is very satisfying and easy. By starting an herb garden and growing herbs, you can add beauty to your garden and flavor to your kitchen.
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Herb Gardening Tips for Beginners
Add zest and pizzazz to all your meals—soups, salads, and entrees—with a sprig or two of fresh savory herbs you’ve grown yourself.
Growing herbs, like vegetable gardening, requires some work, but the return on your efforts is so worth it: time spent outdoors and growing your own food are two biggies. You can grow herbs from seeds or from transplants found at your favorite nursery. Follow these herb garden tips and you’ll be snipping fragrant and delicious herbs in a few weeks.
It's important to place your vegetable plants where you want them be before digging and planting. This will help you plan and visualize the layout of your garden. Be sure to give yourself room to walk! This small and simple trick will save you a lot of time in the long run.
Get to know what you're planting. Certain vegetables need more room than others, and some grow deep and wide. Of course, be sure to protect your plants from insects with a simple orchard spray.
Cabbage is one of the most productive vegetables, based on square footage, that you can have in a garden.
Collards need a lot of space because they are a long-lasting plant, and they grow very large.
Brussels sprouts grow very tall, so you'll need to plant those near a fence or post in case they need support.
Gardening With Herbs
You may use them every time you cook but you may not realize how easy it is to grow your own.
When you plant a garden of herbs you can enjoy fresh herbs with your meals everyday.
Because herbs are great when they are grown indoors it does not matter when you decide to start your herb garden.
The main thing you need to remember is that herbs need great soil, good lighting, and a warm temperature in order to grow successfully.
If you can provide these three ingredients and add a little time you can enjoy fresh herbs conveniently and easily right from your own herb garden.
Some of the more popular herbs to grow include: Chives, Oregano, Cilantro, Basil, and Parsley but you can grow any combinations of herbs that you wish to grow.
To get started in your herb garden you need to find a nice spot in your home that provides warmth and light. If you have a problem locating a place try using artificial lighting in order to make your herb garden grow.
With artificial lighting you can put your herb garden anywhere you would like. Next you need a pot or box to plant your herbs in. Add your soil, fertilize it if necessary and then add your herbs to it.
Always add enough water to give your seeds a good start and then water as often as needed. Check to make sure that the light is not too much for the herbs but it is enough to supply light to the herbs in order to make them grow.
#3. The Indoor Alternative: a Kitchen Herb Garden
Jonesing for more herb garden ideas , but don’t have much room to spare? Window boxes pack a big punch in confined kitchens. Don’t cram too much into your indoor herb garden , though – more room to root translates into a healthier plant. If you have multiple windows, go for multiple boxes.
A note: though most all plants look good in a window garden, there are some exceptions. Avoid planting anything that will grow so tall it’ll block your window if unchecked, like lemon thyme or Genovese basil.
Want something that’s more (literally) outside the box? “ Upside down ” isn’t just a dimension from Stranger Things – it also works in tiny kitchens as a method of hanging plants. (Bonus: It’s a real conversation piece for your next party.) Or repurpose some old mason jars you have lying around into starter homes for your indoor herb garden, with this simple six-step DIY . Then there’s the standby option of terra cotta, which is a classic for a reason: It looks good virtually everywhere.
No matter which planter you choose, drainage is key for herb plants. Holes on the bottom are a definite must-have, as is a sturdy bottom plate to catch seeping water. Overwatering without release will cause any herbs’ roots to rot.