Herb Garden Plants

Herbs have been around since time immemorial and served different kinds of purposes. They have been used to treat illness and flavor cooking; they were even believed to have magical powers. Do you want to have your own fresh herb garden? Here are a few ideas on how to establish an herb garden at home.

Plan your garden

Consider the herbs you want to plant. Think about their types. Would you like annuals, biennials or perennials?

How much space will they occupy in your garden? My latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herb Gardening” will provide you the right information on what specific plants you are planning to grow.

List or draw your herb garden out on paper first. Separate the annuals from the perennials so when the time comes when you have to pull out the annuals, you won’t be disturbing the perennials. Perennials can be planted on the edge of your garden so when it is time to till your garden they won’t be in danger of being compromised.

Another thing to remember is that you have to plant the tall ones at the back and the shorter ones in front. Also, provide your plants with enough space to grow. Proper position should help you in this area.

If you would rather keep herbs out of your garden (and some are quite invasive) start growing herbs in pots on your balcony, patio or deck. You can start with containers that have three or more outlets for the herbs. Fill the pot up to the first outlet and plant your herb before continuing on with the filling and planting process. Usually, the herbs that require the most water are situated in the bottom holes, while the variety that require the least amount of water, goes in the highest hole.


Some Herb Garden Design Ideas

Have you ever considered having a square herb bed? You can have your square bed divided into four by two paths crossing at mid point measuring 3 feet. You can border it with stone or brick. A wooden ladder may also do the trick. You can lay it down on your garden bed and plant your herbs between its rungs. You can also choose to have a wagon wheel bed. Planting here is like planting with the wooden ladders. Plant your herbs in between the wagon wheel’s wedges.

Get Your Plants Growing

Of course, different plants have different needs, but many of them require alkaline soil. This is the reason why you have to determine which herbs you want to plant in the planning stage. This can more or less help you find out how you should care for your plants. If you germinate your herbs from seeds, remember to follow the directions on the packet for soil, watering and temperature.

Herb garden plants are some of the easiest plants to grow. You just have to provide them with an effective drainage, sunlight, enough humidity or moisture and fertile soil. Even with just minimally meeting these requirements they will be bound produce a good harvest.

Even though there is a lot of information you need to absorb and understand about home herb gardens, the rewards are worthwhile. Growing garden herbs at home is easy but only with a bit of knowledge and patience. I hope this article has given you a bit of inspiration to complete your pursuit for knowledge on you own home herb garden. Be sure to read the rest of the articles indicated to the right…. for further knowledge…order my book…

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Italian Herb Garden

The possibilities are endless when it comes to growing herbs for Italian recipes.  Italy has long been famous for growing herbs with the Italian flair in mind. Some of the best cuisines in the world originate from Italy, which was first known by the herbs themselves.

One of the most popular herbs of course is Basil. Basil is known not just for it’s culinary feature, but for its ability to repel flies and mosquitoes in a home herb garden.  It is also used along side peppers and tomatoes to improve flavor within the two. 

Parsley is another popular Italian herb.  Even thou it is a relatively hard herb to grow, it is useful not only in Italian dishes but used in a variety of other cuisines today.  Along time ago, before breath mints, it was found that eating a snip of fresh raw parsley after a meal eliminated bad breath from other Italian herbs such as garlic or onions. A tradition arose since then to include Parsley along side every meal, as a garnish for its beauty and as a breath mint. The tradition lives on today.



Another Italian ancestor is Oregano. It is decorative as well as flavorful.  Who ever thought of spaghetti sauce without Oregano? This herb should not be harvested until just after it produces flowers.  That is when the herb is most flavorful.

Fennel, on the other hand, is famous for its herbs seed to flavor Italian sausage. Fennel looses its flavor as it matures. It is a perennial plant that needs to be divided every couple of years to maintain its seeds flavor.

Sage is another popular Italian herb. It is used in a variety of Italian dishes and very popular in salads. New shoots of the herb contain the most flavor so it is best to keep the herb “trim”. Sage can be harvested right after it blooms.

Rosemary is similar to basil. The herbs benefits are mostly in growing garden herbs, although it has been known to flavor a few baked chicken breasts quite well. This herb grows into a large shrub, which sprouts pretty blue flowers. It mostly helps by attracting bees to a home herb garden to pollinate the rest of the herbs flowers.  It is sensitive to frost even though it is a tough evergreen perennial. Rosemary is also known for it’s subtle fragrance.

And now on to Garlic, the most popular and most used herb, if you can call it that, of all. No Italian herb garden should be without Garlic. The cloves can be replanted to continue the cycle each year.  They are hearty and thrive in just about any home herb garden with very little attention.  Garlic can be stored for later use by the freezing method or they can be “pickled” so they can be stored in the refrigerator.  Don’t forget the medicinal purpose of lowering cholesterol.

I hope by now you can see an herbs benefits.  It is important that you research each and every herb you are interested in before you start an herb garden. Think about each herbs needs and growing conditions so that you are able to provide for them…otherwise you will become discourage and give the project up completely…We don’t want that to happen. There are amazing benefits to herbs that are not even discussed here.  From landscaping design to adding color and aroma just to name a few.

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Herb Garden Kits

If you lack the knowledge on how to start an herb garden but you have a desire to learn, a great place to start is with home herb garden kits.  Herb garden kits enable you to gain knowledge and experience.  Just imagine the feeling of accomplishment once you become an herb expert and are able to grow any kind of herb in your very own garden.  But it does take work and a learning curve to get there.  With home herb garden kits, the difficulties are removed and therefore the end result is the pure satisfaction of the herbs themselves.  Once you gain that knowledge and start growing container herbs, you will then be able to move into your own herb garden and be on your way to becoming an herb expert.

There may be several questions that you have regarding starting your own home herb garden. Maybe you’re wondering whether it is better to buy a potted plant or would it be better growing herbs with seeds?  Can herbs thrive in containers? Perhaps you want to know the right kind of soil needed to grow your herbal garden in? You will gain that knowledge and the answers to your questions with the purchase of herb garden kits.



There are numerous varieties of home herb garden kits available. Each category contains similar items within the kit to help you start an herb garden.

Another similarity is the kits size.  Most kits are small and compact, which makes them great for apartment living. The herb kits differ somewhat as well—Some may contain recipes to help with food preparation. Others might contain domes, which help control temperature and humidity. These domes also provide a healthy root system, which produces a thriving herb. Some kits will provide an actual planter for growing kitchen herbs from seeds along with either the soil or pellets.  Regardless of the kits similarities or differences, all kits contain the herbs seed as well as an instructional guide. These guides give the grower step by step instructions to succeed with any herb of their choice.

There are many benefits to growing a mini herb garden indoors. For one, it is much more enjoyable to pinch a bit of basil or oregano from a windowsill herb garden than to hike out to the garden each time to add a bit of flavor to your recipe.  A second benefit is the ease of harvesting, freezing or drying your herbs to use in the future. Indoor herb garden kits makes this chore a breeze. A further benefit is the consistent growing conditions with growing container herbs indoors. With the constant temperature control, you don’t have to worry about winterizing your herbs or worrying about which herb might not survive winter weather conditions. Furthermore, with herbs grown outdoors, it might be hard to judge the appropriate direction to plant the herb to get the most out of the afternoon sun.  Rain might also be another factor with outdoor planting. Too much rain can be harmful.  Indoor mini herb garden kits take the guesswork out of these two factors.

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Harvesting and Drying Herbs


Once planted, herbs benefits are immensely useful in so many ways.  After an herb has grown and flourished, now is the time for harvesting.   Timing is the critical factor. Can Herbs Survive your Green Thumb?

The best time to harvest your home herb garden is right after the leaves are dry from the morning dew and right before the flowers open for the day.  Calm, dry midsummer mornings are a perfect time to harvest your herbs. Remember that the essential oils from herbs dissipate on overly humid days. Too much moisture while harvesting herbs produces fewer essential oils. The wind and hot heat can affect the essential oils as well; so timing is very important.

After you have chosen the perfect day for harvesting, next make sure to inspect your herbs for insects or damaged leaves. The herb will need a fair amount of foliage for re-growth so make sure you do not harvest no more than a third of the herbs foliage at any given time. If you are going to use a fresh herb straight from the garden, always clean them first before adding to a recipe.  You can do this by placing the herbs in a bowl of fresh cool water. Do not run the herb directly under a faucet. If you have a large quantity of herbs you can always clean them in a sink.  To drive away insects without damaging the plant, add about two tablespoons of salt to the water. Once clean, remove them from the water and dry them in a salad spinner.

When preserving your herbs for later use, you can either dry them, freeze them or even preserve them in a medium.  To dry herbs, remove any foliage from the base of the stems and then bunch 6-12 stems together and fasten with a string or twine. Hang the bundle, away from sunlight, in a cool dry place. To dry individual leaves, place them on a screen for a good airing.  Turn them often so they dry evenly. Other methods have been used in the past such as dehydrators, ovens or microwaves to dry herbs but have usually produced unsatisfactory results. The heat from the appliance dries the herb too rapidly so the herbs end up loosing their natural oils.  The old fashion way works the best.

A fairly simple method of preserving herbs is to freeze them. First cut the fresh herb into about ¼ inch pieces and lay on a flat cookie sheet lined with waxed paper; then place the sheet in the freezer.  After they are frozen, bunch them together in baggies and return them to the freezer for use at a later date.

A medium is usually used to preserve herbs.  White vinegar for instance can be used as a cover on mint, tarragon or basil. Using this method will preserve the herbs for several months. To make a flavored salt as well as preserving your herbs at the same time, alternate layers of fresh herbs between layers of salt while drying. The salt draws the moisture and flavor from the herb. Once completely dried, separate the brown herb from the flavored salt and store both separately in airtight containers, preferable one that does not let the light in.

There are many different types of herbs for many different purposes. Each herb has it’s own unique characteristics as far as their use, harvesting, chopping or preserving them.  To get the most out of your particular herb that you are interested in, research it well.

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Herbs for Growing


Annuals, perennials, and biennials, you’ve heard the names before.  Herb garden plants are no exception.  Herbs come in a variety of different types, with multiple uses however, each one is characteristically different. In order to choose the best herb that will be the most useful to you, research your herb to gain better knowledge and understanding of the basic differences and their proper use.  This article will help you in your pursuit.

The first question to ponder is can herbs produce and in what season? Basil, cilantro and summer savory are considered Annuals and will not survive the first frost if left outdoors. There are usually started from an herbs seed or small plant each year. Sage and winter savory are examples of Perennials. They will return each year because they can survive the colder winter temperatures.  Biennial herbs however, live in “cycles”.   They first produce leaves in the first growing season, then flower and seed in the second. But then they die.  A few examples are parsley, angelica or caraway.  These herbs should be replanted in late spring directly into your own fresh herb garden outdoors.

To prepare the soil for growing garden herbs, either rototill the ground or work the soil by hand into a fine texture. A pitchfork works great to loosen the soil.  (Rototilling is much easier though) Then slightly wet the surface.  Form shallow rows then plant the herbs seed every so deeply to make sure the soil is covering the top of the seed.  Fine herb seeds can be planted in a mixture of sand and soil.  This will allow them to spread more evenly. After the planting, the seed must then germinate. It is best to place wet burlap or wet newspaper on top of the bed in order to keep the soil moist.

Herbs are also grouped in a much different way than their seasonal characteristics. Most herb gardeners prefer the use of culinary herbs (growing kitchen herbs), which are the most popular, and the most useful of all the herbs. Culinary herbs provide a vast range of different uses in cooking. Culinary herbs tend to produce strong flavors such as chives, basil, marjoram, thyme, sage and savory.  They are generally plucked fresh from the garden because they are used in small quantities to add strong flavor while cooking.  Parsley adds even more popularity to the group because the herb it is used mostly as a garnish and to freshen a persons breathe after a meal.

The second most popular characteristic of herbs is Aromatic herbs such as loyage, mint and rosemary.  The oils of these the herbs flowers and foliage are used to produce many different types of perfumes, toilet water, talc, and soaps as well as various other products.  Parts of the herbs themselves have been known for usage to scent linens or clothing in a dresser drawer or closet.  These herbs are also used for Potpourri due to the fact that they retain their fragrance for long periods of time. Lemon Verbena or Lavender are a great usage in potpourri.

Beauty is another aspect of herbs. The foliage and flowers can produce an ornamental appeal.  Valerian, known for its crimson blossoms, is one example of home garden herbs various light colored flowers. Borage and Chicory are also known for their gorgeous blue flowers.

Of course let us not forget the medicinal purposes of herbs.  Herbs have been known for their medicinal purposes since the beginning of time. These are the curing herbs, a benefit to ones health.  The medical profession is just now recognizing the full potential of medicinal herbs.  There are many books available on the subject on our home page. Be sure to check them out!  A word of warning however, these herbs should be used with caution. Some herbs can be harmful if used improperly.  Some even can be dangerous if eaten. Some can cause death…that is why it is extremely important to research each and every herb you are considering before growing any herb in your own home herb garden.

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The ancient Egyptians and Chinese have long established that herbs were a necessity of life.  Herbs have also been traced and referenced back to Biblical and medieval times where documents have proven that herbs were used in various households.  With this long-standing heritage and tradition, be assured you are making the right choice to pursue your education on how to start your own home herb garden.

There are many different categories for an herbs use or purpose.  Gardeners have known an herbs benefit for many years. Herbs come in many varieties and categories like annuals, perennials, shrubs or trees.  You can plant an indoor or outdoor home herb garden.  You can start growing herbs in pots indoors or start growing garden herbs outdoors. You can plant herbs for culinary (growing kitchen herbs), Aromatic purposes (positive herbs), or even growing container herbs.  You can even grow herbs for medicinal purposes (curing herbs) as well as green tea herbs, which has a healing power in their own rights. All of this information is available to you today…in the following pages.

One popular use for herbs is to spice up a meal while cooking, also known as culinary herbs. Growing kitchen herbs can also be useful for garnishes, or to even freshen ones breath after a meal.  Culinary herbs are also known for their aromatic fragrance or some are even planted exclusively for the beauty of the flowers they produce.  They can be used fresh, dried or they can even be preserved for later use.

Home herb gardens can be grown either indoors such as a windowsill herb garden or they can be grown in a small plot in the your very own garden space. There are even home herb garden kits available for the beginner. You can start an herb garden with a small 4’ x 6’ plot in the back yard, which usually can sustain a small family of four.  Surprising enough, home herb gardens carry very few diseases or insects.  Fertilizers are really not necessary, although I have found that using Miracle Grow once a week can do wonders. As long as you properly plant the herbs according to directions, you will be able to produce a healthy, thriving herb.

As far as seasonal growing; annuals, perennials or biennials all need a well-drained soil base to grow your herbs seed in. Whether you are planting indoors or out. All herbs can be planted from an herbs seed, although not all herbs transplant well.  Herbs like dill, fennel, anise and coriander should be planted directly into your outdoor herb garden right from the get-go. Regardless, harvesting your herbs seed for next year’s growth can be a very rewarding experience. Herbs do not need a very deep root base so make sure not to cover the herbs seed too much in the soil. Rule of thumb: “The finer the seed, the shallower it should be sown”. All herbs should be planted shallow.  If you find that your soil is too hard or compact, use an organic mixture to get your soil to the right texture.

Even though there is a lot of information you need to absorb and understand about home herb gardens, the rewards are worthwhile.  Growing herbs at home is easy but only with a bit of knowledge and patience. I hope this article has given you a bit of inspiration to complete your pursuit for knowledge on you own home herb garden. Be sure to read the rest of the articles indicated to the right…. for further knowledge…order my book…

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