Whether you love to cook or just dabble in the kitchen, there is a lot of enjoyment to be gained from adding your own freshly picked herbs to your meals. If you have never investigated the joys of growing a herb garden before, here are a few things that you need to know so you can get started properly.
Depending on how much space you have available, you can either grow your herbs out in a plot in the back yard, or if space is limited you can grow them on pots on your balcony, or even containers on your windowsill. However, when you are debating which herbs to grow, do your research so you know what size they will grow to. Some can reach 4-6 feet in height so these will not thrive well if you are trying to grow them in pots.
Determining the right growing spot for your herbs will ultimately decide whether they will be successful or not. Location, location is the key! Check each herb to ascertain what type of growing conditions are ideal for it and find a spot that suits it best. Some herbs just love to sit in full sun every day, but they do not like hot heat over 90F. If you are located in an area where your summers exceed this heat temperature figure, chose to plant your herbs in places that will receive sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. Alternatively, under a tree where they would receive filtered light would also be ideal. Either way you want to ensure that they receive four hours of sun daily.
Preparation of the soil is the next important part of your herb garden. If you are preparing an outdoor plot, use a large garden fork to turn over dirt that has not been disturbed for years. You want to ensure that water can properly drain away from the herbs and that your plants can adequately push down their roots into the soil. Add some compost to the top layer of the soil and mix it in properly so that the water drainage issue is addressed. This will also add fertilizer into the soil which will encourage your plants to grow.
Now that you have done all the preparation work, it is time to plant your herbs. Some plants need more room than others to grow so bear this in mind so that you don’t plant them too close together. For example, allow a one foot growing diameter for cilantro and chives, but three feet for rosemary and sage.
Now that your herb garden is planted, remember to water it regularly and then sit back and watch it grow. You will receive immense enjoyment each time you harvest herbs from your plants and add them to your cooking. Not only can you take pride in knowing that you grew them yourself, but you will also save the considerable cost of having to buy them at the supermarket. Take the time to investigate a herb garden for yourself and get planning today!