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Do it Yourself Herb Gardens

Updated on December 12, 2017
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Kenna writes about the care of plants indoors, outdoors, and in gardens. She wrote an orchid care booklet—a companion piece for workshops.

Herb Gardens

Herb gardening is a pleasant and rewarding way to start gardening because you need very little space, and herbs are easy to grow. You can start with just a few plants like rosemary and basil, and soon you will have more than enough for your kitchen.

Different Kinds of Herb Gardens

You need to determine the type of herb garden to grow. No matter which type of garden you choose, you will reap the benefits.

Indoor Herb Garden

If you desire to have fresh herbs within your reach or you live in an apartment or small house, the indoor garden is a perfect choice. You can turn a lonely windowsill into a sunny little garden with a collection of pots, keeping yourself abounding with teas, seasonings and potpourri ingredients year-round.

Container Gardens

Container gardening applies to indoors as well as outdoors. It just depends on where you want your garden. Growing herbs in containers not only controls the size and amount of each herb you grow but where you grow them. It’s better than having a yard full of mint when you can have a nice decoration for your porch or patio.

Herbs in the Yard

There are good reasons to grow herbs outdoors in your yard. You save money by not purchasing them in the store, your herbs are fresher, they add beauty to your yard and they benefit the outdoor environment by warding off unwanted insects or animals like bees and cats.

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Variety of Herbs

Most herbs are easy to grow as annuals, biennials or perennials. Each has a distinct purpose to grow. Some grow herbs for their aroma or scent, called aromatic herbs, adding pleasant whiffs to perfumes, oils, and toiletries. Some common ones are Mint and lavender. Others grow herbs for culinary purposes. Basil, Dill, and chives are popular and keep food tasty.

Another fun way to grow herbs is for ornamental purposes. A dried or fresh herbal arrangement adds beauty to the home indoors by arranging the dry herbs in a vase or tied with a string. Then, planting them outdoors around flowers helps the yard look nicer.

During the ancient times, herbs were used as a medicine because the ancients believed the herbs had the power to heal many ailments, which they did. They also believe that herbs had the power to ward off evil spirits, evil thoughts, bad luck and so forth. Today, many herbs are used for medicinal purposes with success. Oregano oil is proven to be a natural anti-bacterial agent, warding off colds and flu symptoms.

Start Planting Your Herb Garden

As mentioned before many benefits come from creating home herb gardens. Learning how to grow them is not that hard. Because herbs can take up very little space, you can start a garden literally anywhere. Select your favorite herbs for the first year and each year you can add new herbs to your garden.

The majority of the herbs thrive in fertile soil that is well-drained and a neutral pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Most of the seeds are delicate and tiny. When you plant them, lay them on the soil without covering them fully, just sprinkle lightly with soil, keeping the surface moist. You will need to thin the seedlings so they have room to grow once they start rooting.

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      Kenna McHugh 6 months ago from Northern California

      What herb would you like to grow?