How to Start An Herb Garden

How to start an Herb Garden – Herb garden is easy to grow and care for, you only need some space, a few pots (if you don’t have space), some starter seeds or transplants and a nice sunny area. Having an herb garden can help rev your cooking and provides useful medicinal herbs for your health. Irrespective of the space available you can grow herbs. This article will get you started on how to start an herb garden in your home.

how to start an herb garden at home

Location

Abraham Lincoln once said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe” this holds true for starting your herb garden. It is important you figure out the best location for your garden. Two options are available: Indoor and outdoor gardening, let’s make a case for both.

Indoor Herb Gardening

Indoor Herb Garden, herbs in pot by the windowstill

If you live in regions of nasty and brutal weathers or you don’t have space for an indoor garden, this might be your best option. Herbs can be grown on a small stool or in pots placed near a patio door. An indoor garden has to be continually exposed to lights especially in the winter months.

Herbs grow quickly and vigorously, but they don’t do well in cold temperatures. Blasts of cold air and frost can kill your herbs. If you are planning on settling for an indoor garden, herbs need to be kept away from windows during the winter months.

For adequate light supply, place herbs in windows facing south or west, these positions sustain sunlight through the day. During winter months, you can make up for the fewer hours of light by the use of a grow lamp.

Outdoor Herb Gardening

If you have ample space, I recommend outdoor gardening. I have an outdoor herb garden, though it takes a bit more planning and efforts, I get higher yields and plant varieties of herbs.

how to start an herb garden

Herb Garden Size

The size of your garden will depend on the amount of harvest you wish to have. For a simple single herb garden meant to supply a single family, your garden should be about twenty feet by four feet.
Plots should be kept between twelve and eighteen inches for individual herb plant. Colorful plants like parsley and basil can be added to make the garden beautiful. Herbs may be difficult to tell from another while growing, you should make a simple location diagram of the herbs for handy reference.

Soil Conditions for Growing Herbs

Growing herbs is hugely dependent on two factors; soil fertility and drainage. The soil drainage is arguably the most important factor to consider in selecting a location for your herb garden. A good garden should have dry soil, which ample water retaining ability.

If your choice garden area has a sandy or clay soil, you will need to add heavy compost. Even if the soil area is pretty good, adding some compost ensures adequate nutrients for your herbs while growing. Avoid using composted manures in growing your herbs, they are very high in nitrogen which will boost your herb growth but reduce its flavor

Choosing Herbs to grow

The choice of herb to grow will depend on your personal preference. Most herbs grow for at least a season. Some grow annually while starting out your herb garden, these are some herbs you can grow:
Basil
Oregano
Rosemary
Chives
Mint
Sage
Dill
Yard

Dig Planting Holes

Your herb garden is starting as, not seeds, you need to create planting holes. Dig each planting hole to about twice the width of the root ball of the new plant.

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Planting and Growing Herbs

Herb garden can be started from seed or transplants. The use of transplants is much easier than seeds, if you are on a tight budget, starting out from seed is not difficult. As soon as you have the herbs planted, ensure you apply two inches of water weekly. Ensure your herbs are harvested regularly, most new garden owners are always skeptical of harvesting, thinking regular harvesting will cause damage to the herbs.

This is not true, regular harvesting ensures, your herbs will produce more foliage, which will increase the amount of foliage you can harvest subsequently. At the end of the herb season, herbs can be harvested, dried and stored so you enjoy the herbs all year round. Establishing a personal herb garden is easy and hugely rewarding. Your herb garden will add beauty to your environment and flavor to your kitchen.

Label herbs

how to start an herb garden

Label your herbs for easy identification and.

Surround with Flowering Plants

Add flowering plants like salvia and zinnias to add color and excitement to your herb garden. For easier replanting the next planting season, perennials herbs should be planted on one side while annuals take the other side.

Water regularly

Your transplanted herbs will need plenty of water to survive. Ensure you supply an inch of water each week of the planting season.

When to Harvest Your Herbs

Harvesting should be done when your herbs are mature, but only take a little at a time during harvest. If a large portion of the herb is harvested at once, maybe a little more than a third of the herb, it takes longer for the herb to recover and produce new foliage. Judicious harvesting guarantees repeated harvest for months.

Note: Fresh herbs harvested in the morning have the best taste, they are most flavorful if harvested before blooming.

That’s it on how to start an herb garden. Thoughts, comments, on what you do differently when growing your herbs, please use the comment box below!

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