Herbs are not that difficult to grow. Herbs just need good sunlight and the right kind of soil condition for them to thrive and grow. Once they are grown, all you need to do is give them what they need so they continue growing and for you to benefit from them.
Here are some tips that you can do to care for your herb garden at home:
Watering. Just like any other garden, your herb garden needs watering in a regular basis. However, the amount of watering that you will need to do is dependent on the type of herb plant that you have and whether they are planted in containers or directly to the grand. Herbs planted in containers needs water more often than those that are planted directly to the soil. The reason for this is because they dry out faster. Weather conditions also will determine whether you have to water your garden more often than what is used to. If the weather is hot, your herb plants will need more water than usual.
Weeding. It is important that you keep your herb garden free of weeds. This is one integral part of keeping your herb garden well and alive. Checking for weeds should be part of your weekly routine. Weeding your garden regularly will help the growth of your herbs as they won’t have any competition to the nutrients they can get from the soil. If you see young weeds growing, it is important that you pull them out as they are easier to pull when younger. This will also help keep your garden cleaner and nicer to look at.
Fertilizing. A lot of herbs do not need a lot of fertilization, but giving them fertilizer according to their needs in their growing season is important. You can give them liquid fertilizer. This should be enough to make them growing and happy.
Pruning. Giving your herbs a prune once a month will keep them looking at their best. This will also stop them from growing seeds. Pruning also helps to keep them producing more. If you want to keep a good supply of herbs for daily use, you should choose a batch of herbs for pruning and another batch unpruned. Having a batch of herbs that goes through their natural cycle will also give you enough seeds for the next gardening season.
Dividing. If you have perennial herbs in your garden, then you should see to it that they are divided every year or two. This will help keep them healthy. You just have to uproot the plant and divide it into two all the way to the roots. You can then re-plant the herb in your garden. If you find yourself having too many perennial herbs, then you can give it away or ask your neighbors if they want some.
Harvesting and Relocating. When the growing season is nearing its end, you would then have to prepare to harvest and relocating your herbs. You may need to transfer delicate herbs in an indoor garden. Leaves and stems should be harvested from other herbs. As for perennial plants, you can harvest them by cutting them, but not too low to the ground. This will give them a chance to renew themselves for the next growing season. If after harvesting you are faced with too many herbs, you can dry what you have or have them frozen for future use. Or, you can give some to your neighbor.
These general herb garden care should help keep you going and help keep your garden alive and healthy. By following these tips, you should have a healthy and flourishing herb garden.