Growing herbs are more rewarding than growing other plants. Most plants are grown for decorative purposes, but herbs are planted for a myriad of reasons and benefits. They can be used to flavor dishes and can help get rid of insects. They can also be used as treatments for certain kinds of diseases and illnesses.
To start your own herb garden, here are the tips that you can follow:
- Choose A Location. The first thing that you need to do is determine where you want to place your own home herb garden. The most ideal spot to have this done is in a sunny and open location. This location should also be sheltered and is well-drained with fertile soil. Make sure that this place is also free from weeds. If not, you just have to make sure that you will weed it out on a regular basis. The location of your herb garden should also be near your home. Herbs can grow all year round. If your garden is near your home, it would be much easier for you to harvest when you need to.
- Garden Idea: Formal Herb Garden. Timeless is the idea of having a formal herb garden at home. These gardens can be seen in geometric patterns. Each pattern is separated by paved paths and low hedges. Each garden bed can be planted with one kind of herb. This will give each block of garden bed different textures and colors when fully bloomed.When planning for your formal herb garden, make sure that you pave the path. This will help accentuate the geometric patterns in your garden. Choose natural colors for your paved path. You can have a terracotta or gray pavement, or one that is taking the color of the sand. This will contrast perfectly the color of your herbs making it pop. Having a paved path will also make access easier for anyone who wishes to go to your garden.
- Planting Tips. It is always best to be ready than be sorry. This means preparing your soil before the planting begins. Make sure that weeds are removed from your garden and make sure that your soil is leveled by running a rake over it. Manure and fertilizer do not have to come in huge amounts. Before transferring your nursery pots to their designated areas, make sure that they are watered well, because once transplanted with a dry root ball, it will be difficult to wet them all the way. In addition, make sure that you loosen the root ball before planting them. This will encourage root growth. It will also be very helpful that you read about the herbs that you want to grow before planting them. This will give you an idea of how to plant them and in what conditioned they should be planted.
- Herb Garden Care. Maintaining your herb garden is very essential to making it last. Make sure that you water your plant regularly or according to what they need. Herbs will need watering in regular basis until they have settled in their new environment. They will not need constant watering once they are established as they can survive without being watered daily. Don’t forget to mulch your garden. This will help prevent weeds from growing. Furthermore, you should fertilize your garden once a month in their growing season. In the winter, a couple of fertilizer doses will be sufficient to last them the entire season. Avoid using inorganic fertilizer as your herbs will not grow the way they should and insects will be attracted to them. And to encourage growth, don’t forget to prune them on a regular basis by removing dead leaves and flowers. And when you harvest your garden, make sure that you only do this in small quantities.