Home Herb Garden Basics

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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Kali S Winters

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