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Do it Yourself Herb Gardens

Updated on July 16, 2019
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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.

Lavender not only smells beautiful, but it also relaxes and soothes. The purple herb thrives outside in the sun.
Lavender not only smells beautiful, but it also relaxes and soothes. The purple herb thrives outside in the sun.

Herb Gardens

Herb gardening is a pleasant and rewarding way to garden. Hardly any effort is needed because you need scarcely any space. The herbs grow without much care. 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. The different kinds are what people like in their garden. Herbs grow like weeds and determining the type of garden the suits you is the beginning of having an herb garden you will cherish.

Basil adds a unique flavor of freshness to dishes like ratatouille, pizza, and dips.
Basil adds a unique flavor of freshness to dishes like ratatouille, pizza, and dips.

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.

Rosemary is a savory herb that spells delicious.
Rosemary is a savory herb that spells delicious.

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 but also where you place them.

It’s better than having a yard full of mint when you can have a decorative container of mint that matches your porch or patio. Mint, by the way, wards off insects like mosquitoes. Having a container of mint near your front or back door is not only beautiful but also practical.

Chives love the sun and add flavor to dips, omelets, and potato dishes.
Chives love the sun and add flavor to dips, omelets, and potato dishes.

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. The environment benefits because some herbs ward off unwanted insects or animals like flies and cats.

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Mint in the garden is a good idea because it wards off mosquitoes, ants, and flies.
Mint in the garden is a good idea because it wards off mosquitoes, ants, and flies.

Variety of Herbs

Most herbs grow without any problems as annuals, biennials, or perennials. Each plant is distinct with a purpose to grow. Some are for cooking, health, or both. 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.

Ornamental Plants

Another fun way to grow herbs is for ornamental purposes. A dried or fresh herbal arrangement adds beauty to the home by arranging the dry herbs in a vase or tied with a string. You can plant them outdoors around flowers. Mint and lavender help the yard look more appealing from the curb.

Medicinal Herbs

During 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 help heal for medicinal purposes with success. Oregano oil is proven to be a natural anti-bacterial agent, warding off colds and flu symptoms. Arnica, when primed as a homeopathic tablet, helps the body heal, reduces bruising, and relief from swelling. Peppermint helps relieve congestion, and chamomile soothes the stomach.

Start Planting Your Herb Garden

As mentioned before, many benefits come from creating herb gardens inside or outside. 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 a new herb 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.

When you plant them, lay them on the soil without covering them fully, 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. Before you know it, you will have a thriving herb garden.

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      Kenna McHugh 

      2 years ago from Northern California

      What herb would you like to grow?

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