A Homeowner’s Guide To Starting An Herb Garden

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.

DIY Indoor Garden

diy indoor garden

Gardening is something that is very relaxing and enjoyable to do. However, some are limited to what their yard, front or back, is able to provide. Some houses don’t have the available space needed to start a flower garden or a vegetable garden. Thus, starting a garden is put on the back burner. But, gardening should not be limited to an empty block of land outside your house. It can also be done inside your home. Yes! You heard right! You can also create a garden from inside your home. The tips you can find below should help you start your own garden inside the comforts of your own home:

Conceptualize Your Garden. The first thing that you need to do is conceptualize your garden. Imagine what it would look like. Think about the theme that you want your garden to deliver. Do you want to have a tropical themed garden inside your home for the winter season? Or do you want your garden to look like and English garden that is inviting for anyone that steps into it for a tea? Answering these questions will help set the ball rolling, and will help you determine where it should be placed, how the room should be prepared, and what plants you will need to buy.

Location.  There are a lot of places that your indoor garden could be installed. However, before you decide to put it somewhere, you should factor in some aspects. You should consider the room temperature and how much light can get in during the day. This is very important because your indoor plants are not as exposed as those plants growing outside. However, if the room you have chosen does not get enough heat or sunlight, you can always add some fixtures to have this fixed. You can always ask around for the best option to do these. Heat lamps can be used, but the tendency of the plant drying up because of this is high. Thus, ask around when you go to a garden store or shop.

Start Your Preparations. The things that you need to consider when preparing your indoor garden are as follows: flooring, lighting, air flow, and humidity. For the garden floor, it is not recommended to use hard wood or have it carpeted. A wooden floor and a carpeted floor will easily get ruined from watering. It is advised that you have your floor made of slate, linoleum or ceramic. The lighting of your indoor garden can be enhanced with the use of fluorescent lights. This can be very helpful especially during winter. Broad spectrum lights can also be installed. But you may need help in doing this to have it in different angles and different heights. The air flow in your indoor garden is also important. Your plants will be merrier and happier if ventilation is good in your indoor garden. If the location you have chosen does not get good air flow, you can address this issue by adding floor fan or installing a ceiling. Having these done will help keep the air flowing in your indoor garden. As for humidity, it can be improved using a humidifier, which can be set with a timer.

Types of Plants. How you want your indoor garden to look is to be considered when choosing your plants. In addition, the condition of the room where you are putting your plants will be considered. Plants that don’t need so much light can be added in a room that does not get much light during the day. An example of this type of plant is philodendron. Some palm plants can also survive in a room with low light. Having some would add a tropical feel inside your indoor garden. You can still choose plants that need a lot of light in your garden as long as you are able to provide fluorescent lights or broad spectrum lights.