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Starting your own herb garden

Updated on January 4, 2015

Starting your own herb garden

When you decide to start your own herb garden and grow your own herbs , the rewards could be endless. Growing your own herbs are a far greater experience than growing other plants. Other plants like the different flowers in the garden are mostly planted as they are decorative. Herbs, on the other hand, can also be used for a variety of other reasons that stretch from flavoring your food to cure your illnesses or for the pure aroma of aromatic herbs. Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. You just need to decide what herbs you want and then where to start your garden . The ideal site for a herb garden is a sunny, open but sheltered spot with well-drained fertile soil although some herbs like shelter from wind and others like mint species need a wet soil . The garden should have good access to the house and be as near as possible to the kitchen, so that the herbs can be harvested when you need it and in all weather conditions. Using the herbs you cultivated by yourself will prove very satisfying.

Planting your herbs

You have to prepare your soil well in advance, remove weeds (as they will use water that your herbs need), work in an organic compost, and rake the soil so that the bed is level. Your beds should rest for a day or two before planting the herbs. For the best impact each bed is planted with its own kind of herb, giving each bed its own different colour and texture. You can divide your beds with rocks or wooden blocks or – poles , so it will appear natural . Because the usual pots are small, herbs tend to become root bound and there will be a lot of roots growing together. To encourage new root growth, gently loosen the roots before planting the herbs in the soil. Pinch out the tips of shrubby herbs, like thyme, marjoram and rosemary, to encourage bushy growth. After planting, firm the soil gently around the plant and water thoroughly to settle the soil and give the herb a head start. Water thorough after planting but once the herbs are settled you need to give less water.

Restrict the spread of mint species by planting them in sunken containers but not containers that will rot such as wood. They must be planted in a wet spot , for example near a leakng faucet.

Herbs in pots

Parsley in a basket
Parsley in a basket

Herbs in pots

When you want a herb garden but you don’t have space for a garden , you can plant your herbs in pots and put it on a balcony or in window sills . When making a herb pot, it is essential to have a good variety of herbs and companion plants that will assist your culinary pursuits. Some good choices include: Marjoram, Lemon Balm, Sage, Basil, Mint, Thyme, Oregano, Dill Only plant herbs that you are going to use , remember your space is very little , use every millimeter wisely .

You can use big pots but unusual “pots” like baskets, tins and even old household containers will give a different , beautiful prospective . Make sure that your pot has holes in the bottom for good drainage. pour your gravel, grit or stones into the container to about a quarter of the pot's depth. Start to fill the pot with a compost that is mixed with some soil. This should fill approximately three quarters of the pot's remaining depth . Place the herb plants into the pot, with about 15 centimeter between each herb. Once you are happy with the positions, start to fill the gaps between the plants with compost. Keep watered and place the pots in a sunny position with lots of light and air but beware of too much sun and wind.

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    • Mariefg profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Greyvenstein 

      3 years ago from Alexandria , Eastern Cape , South Africa

      Pleasure , I love sharing my knowledge about herbs in the hope to maybe help somebody else too .

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      I hope to some day start an herb garden. You make this look so simple. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    • Mariefg profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Greyvenstein 

      3 years ago from Alexandria , Eastern Cape , South Africa

      Martie it's actually very rewarding and fun , you will enjoy it . Not to speak of proud when you start to use your own herbs .

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      Martie Coetser 

      3 years ago from South Africa

      Creating my own herbal garden is one of my dreams. This year I am going to tackle the bull by its horns. Thanks for this most needed info, Marie!

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