10 Tips For Starting Your Own Herb Garden
Do you wish to start your own herb garden but clueless on where and how to begin? Read this post to learn more about growing your own herb garden.
Growing herbs right at your own background is one of the best decisions you’ll make as a homemaker. Even there are many substitutions for herbs like rosemary or sage, you still need the right ones to create an original flavor.
Aside from flavoring up dishes, herbs can also have medicinal properties. Whether you have colds or suffering from a really bad headache, you can turn to certain herbs for a quick solution.
Many people think that starting an herb garden is difficult. After reading the following tips, you will realize that an herb garden at home isn’t as difficult as it seems:
- 1 1. Know the herbs that you can easily grow in containers
- 2 2. Find the right spot
- 3 3. Preparing the soil
- 4 4. Use pots with enough drainage
- 5 5. Determining when to water the plants
- 6 6. Keep track of signs that you are overwatering the plants
- 7 7. Give the plants enough space
- 8 8. It’s OK to get cutter-happy
- 9 9. Cover herbs planted in pots
- 10 10. Replacing short-lived and woody plants
- 11 Conclusion
1. Know the herbs that you can easily grow in containers
Do you live in a condo or apartment where space is limited? Don’t worry as you still have plenty of herbs you can grow. Some of the herbs that you can grow in your small garden are mint, chives, sage, bay, thyme, and rosemary.
You won’t have to be panic to choose sage substitutions any more.
2. Find the right spot
In choosing a spot where you will grow the herbs, look for one that gets plenty of sunshine. The place should get at least six hours of sunlight. Allowing herbs to get at least six hours of good, hot sunlight every day can result to herbs that produce unique flavors and aroma.
3. Preparing the soil
Before planting herbs, you have to prepare the soil first. While herbs can grow in different soil conditions, most experts agree that it is advisable to mix about one-third sand with two-thirds soil.
4. Use pots with enough drainage
Pots that are at least six inches tall are good enough for growing herbs. But you ought to look for and use pots with several good-sized drainage holes in the bottom. The holes should prevent the pots from turning into root-rotting swamps. But you may want to set the pots on a tray so that your neighbors downstairs won’t be complaining about the mess you may potentially cause.
5. Determining when to water the plants
How would you know that the plants need to be watered? Check the soil by poking your finger into the pot. If the soil feels dry an inch below its surface, then you should add water to the plant.
Container plants are usually in need of more water than those planted in the ground. The same goes for those in terracotta or wood pots. It has also been observed that herbs planted in small pots need more watering.
I usually water in the early morning or the late afternoon.
6. Keep track of signs that you are overwatering the plants
It’s normal for first-time gardeners to be too conscious of their plants that they tend to overwater their herbs. Generally speaking, wilting plants and soil that is wet most of the time are tell-tale signs of overwatering.
Other signs of overwatering are leaves that become dark in color and stems and roots that break too easily.
Why is overwatering bad for plants? Well, too much water can cut off the air supply to the roots. It can also lead to root diseases.
7. Give the plants enough space
A common mistake that first-time gardeners make is cramming as many seedlings as they can into pots. It’s not surprising because many of them would want to get the most of the soil. But when the plants are too packed in a pot, they won’t be able to grow well. It is thus important to leave several inches in between plants.
8. It’s OK to get cutter-happy
While overwatering plants can be detrimental to their growth, cutting them frequently is the complete opposite. In fact, the more frequent that you trim herbs, the more flavorful the plants become. Frequently cutting plants will also promote the growth of new leaves.
9. Cover herbs planted in pots
Put plastic wraps over the pots until the plants start to grow. Herb seeds are very sensitive that it is possible that you can disrupt their germination with watering. Putting plastic wrap over the pots would let the soil stay consistent.
10. Replacing short-lived and woody plants
Once you have grown your herb garden, you should aim to keep it growing strong by checking plants regularly. Replace short-lived and woody plants with those that can thrive well indoors.
Aside from the herbs I mentioned earlier, you can try oregano, parsley, and lemongrass.
Starting a herb garden at home isn’t that complicated as it seems. It’s a good thing that there are plenty of herbs that thrive indoors. Moreover, you don’t need to have a huge backyard to plant herbs. A couple of pots should be enough to get you started.