Growing herbs can be an easy process, and the results can be used to add flavor to meals, make soothing and relaxing teas or for making fragrant sachets, potpourri, scented candles and oils. Whether you’re growing herbs in a garden for food purposes or as ornamental flowers following a few simple steps will ensure you have a successful and bountiful harvest.
Where to Plant Growing Herbs
The first step in planning a herb garden is to determine what types of herbs will be grown. Once this has been decided, what section of the yard will be used for growing herbs will be the next decision. If the herbs are to be used in cooking, it is a good idea to have a variety of growing herbs planted nearby so they are easily accessible. If you’re interested in having only one or two growing herbs for cooking or for display and fragrance purposes only, you also have the option of growing herbs indoors.
The Basic Herbs
There are many varieties of herbs and which ones you choose will depend on the type of cooking you do and the flavors you like. Some of the basic and easiest growing herbs include thyme, garlic, oregano, basil, dill and chives. For making delicious and soothing teas, add lavender, peppermint and chamomile to your herb garden. Some herbs are best grown directly from seed as they do not do well when transplanted. Other types of herbs should be purchased as established plants and then transplanted to your garden.
Growing Herbs in a Garden
One of the most important steps for growing herbs is having proper sunlight for the better part of the day. The majority of herbs do best in sunny locations and only a few do well in the shade. Good soil enriched once or twice a year with compost along with proper drainage will provide flavorful herbs. Too much water and too little sunshine can affect the growth of the growing herbs as well as the taste. Do not plant in an area where water tends to accumulate and stand and if necessary, raise the beds so there will be good drainage. To help conserve moisture, place a covering of mulch around the plants. If pests become a problem, use an insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. Do not use pesticides. The point of growing herbs is to have fresh and flavorful varieties straight from your garden without any additives.
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