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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