The Basics of Gardening Herbs
Out of all the various types of gardening, herb gardening is the one least thought of. When people picture gardens, the imagine flowers of every type, blooming in the sun, with a variety of colors. While herb gardens are not as colorful or immediately as aesthetically pleasing, they hold their own benefits. Herb gardening is relatively simple, and can be very relaxing, not to mention all of the various benefits that you can reap from what you grow. Herbs can be used for cooking, as medicine, in teas, or just as decoration in your garden.
Learning about all the different types of herbs you can grow and what they can do may seem daunting at first, especially because there is such a large variety for you to choose from. However, once you learn the benefits of herbs, you can make a much better decision while picking what plants you want to include in your garden. Cookbooks often have a bit of information on herbs and what they do, which is especially helpful if you are looking for herbs to use with your food.
Planting Your Herbs
The first step in planning your herb garden is to decide which herbs you want to include. After doing research and figuring out which herbs best fit your needs and wants for your garden, don’t be afraid to throw in a few that you aren’t sure about. You never know what you’ll gain! It doesn’t matter the size of your garden; it could be a few small containers to a great plot in your backyard.
However, the easiest way to start learning how to plant and grow herbs is to start with a small plot in the sun, or with a clay pot with potting soil. Lots and lots of sun and well-drained soil are the two keys to having a great garden. Most herbs need either full or partial sun in order to be able to flourish. Most often than not, the seed planting instructions are readily accessible, either on their website, or on the package itself.
Herbs generally do not grow well in soil that is too wet, so making sure not to over-water them is very important. Once every two-three days is usually good enough to keep them nourished without drowning them. Raised garden beds provide great drainage, and can be moved around, so that you can be sure that your herbs are receiving the best sunlight.
Make sure that while you’re planting your herbs, you don’t push them too deeply into the soil- if they’re buried too far under the ground, they won’t get the nourishment they need and won’t grow properly. The smaller the seed is that you’re planting, the closer to the surface it should be planted. If you’re simply transplanting previously grown herbs from growing trays, just carefully move them from their previous location into the garden. If the plants in the trays are dry, make sure you water them before moving the herbs into their permanent home.
Last of all, make sure to remember that annual herbs and perennial herbs grow the best when they are planted separate from each other. Because annuals only grow for one season and then die, they need to be dug out of the ground when their season is over, and if they are grown with perennials, their roots will be disrupted when the annuals are removed.