Growing an herb garden is a rewarding and low maintain hobby that has the potential to save you money at the grocery store while broadening your culinary possibilities at home. Herbs are subject to very few plant diseases and a are not frequently attacked by insect pests. Many culinary herbs are perennial and will beautify your garden for many years.
Begin by choosing an ideal location for your garden. Consider how you will use your herbs when you are deciding on a location. You will want a kitchen garden to be close to the kitchen area of your home so that you have easy access to your herbs. A garden that will be used to grow herbs for drying can be located in any full sun area of your yard. An ornamental herb garden is best placed in a central area of your yard where you have taken the surrounding plantings into consideration.
You will want a place that gets direct sunlight most of the day, as most herbs do not like shade. Make sure your garden drains well. Too much water will kill the plants as quickly as not enough water. If your soil a heavy clay that does not drain, consider adding sand to the herb bed to open up the soil. If you are having trouble finding an ideal location, remember that many herbs can be successfully planted in pots on a patio or deck.
Most herbs can be grown from seed, and this is the least expensive way of starting your herb garden. Consider what you use most in your kitchen as well as what you might want to dry for future use. Buying plants will extend your growing season, and this is a thing for herb such as parsley and rosemary where you may want to harvest heavily.
Once you have established your herb garden, all that’s left to do is occasional weeding and watering. Herbs are very tolerant of poor soil and do require a lot of fertilizing. You may want to mulch them lightly with compost to help retain soil moister and give the herb garden a more finished appearance. When it comes time to harvest some of your herbs, use a sharp knife or scissors to cut young and healthy leaves or sprigs that are going to provide you with the best flavor.
If your herbs become overgrown, you can cut them back without causing any harm. Leave at least two thirds of the plant intact. Annuals can be potted and brought indoors to enjoy all winter and then planted back in the garden come spring. Perennials may have to be divided in the spring to prevent them from overspreading.