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Herb Garden made Easy

Updated on September 8, 2012

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Born with a brown thumb? Believe it or not, herb gardening is incredibly hard to mess up

Feel like your skills are lacking in the home department? Now you can up your gardening and cooking game in one easy exercise. Herbs are easy to grow indoors and out and add a refreshing and more refined touch to almost any dish. We'll show you how in four easy steps.

Steps to a Starter Garden

1. Use containers that are at least six to eight inches deep and six to eight inches across for individual plants. To group multiple plants in a larger container, pick a pot big enough to allow at least six inches between plants.

2. Spread a three-inch layer of potting mix along the bottom of the pot. Place the plants on top of it and surround them with potting mix at the same depth in which they were originally planted. Don't pack them in too tight; use just enough so they're steady. Leave a little space between the top of the soil and the top of the pot.

3. Water the herbs until water comes out of the bottom of the pot. Once it has drained, empty out the pot's tray or coaster so the plant doesn't sit in water.

4. Once the herb plants have settled into their new pots and new growths appear, you can clip them to use in the kitchen. Just never take off more than a third of the plant's leaves at any one time or it might stop growing well.

Tool Kit

Several small herb plants: Oregano, sage, thyme, basil, rosemary, etc.

Terra cotta pot: A ceramic planter or a number of small pots if you're planting each herb individually will also work. Make sure your pots have drainage holes at the bottom.

Potting soil: Use a light potting soil or a soil-free potting mix that will allow water to drain easily. Try: Pro-Mix for containers: It retains moisture better.

Fertilizer: Make sure it's labeled safe for edible plants. Try: Espoma Garden-tone. It's organic and contains plant nutrients. And keep in mind that a small watering can makes for more precise watering.

Indoors vs. Outdoors

It's possible to grow most herbs either indoors or outdoors as long as they get enough light and don't get too cold.

Indoor: Pick a spot that gets six or more hours of direct sunlight. Keep plants out of the paths of heating and cooling vents and away from the oven and stove. If the air in your pad is dry, you should mist your herb plants occasionally.

Outdoor: Leave potted herbs out during the warm months and move them inside once the temperature drops into the 40s. By covering shallow rooted herbs with mulch, you can help combat the outside cold.

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    • Handicapped Chef profile imageAUTHOR

      Handicapped Chef 

      6 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      Thank you very much vocal coach, I love fresh foods and things coming out of the garden are super fresh with all the natural good things for the body mind and soul.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Very good information. I love growing herbs. Your wonderful advice is going to help me turn my brown thumb green and I thank you for that. I didn't realize that herbs should be kept away from heating vents. And I also learned to mist them occasionally from you. Voted up!

    • Handicapped Chef profile imageAUTHOR

      Handicapped Chef 

      10 years ago from Radcliff Ky

      This is a very relaxing way to spend with a love one if you love the out doors or love to cook like I do.

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