Growing Your Own Herbs: Let’s Make a Herb Garden
Herbs is defined by some as a plant with-out a woody stem that gradually dies on the end of the growing season. herbal plants, in the past, were considered by some as a gift of the gods. Some ceremonies on certain area and rituals to celebrate the plants good growth, harvest and good use. Today, herbals are popular in many home made gardens, indoor or outdoor, where the herbs leaves are used as flavors on cooking and an entire plant may be used for med-curing purposes.
No home kitchen is too small to have a pot or three of fresh herbs; even your home windowsill has room for a pot of little basil and coriander. A porch, 2nd floor lobby, yard or garden can afford a small pot of mint, rosemary, chives, sage and oregano, which will last for many years and become as much a staple to your home kitchen as an herb rack (and will smell much more appetizing).
A herbal garden can be made as indoor herb garden or outside of your house depending on your herbs needs, climate and space. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of the choices.
Indoor Advantages: Easy to access, No weeding, Year round growing season
Outdoor Advantages: Higher yields, More flavorful, More space
Whether you choose to grow inside or outside, all herbs plants need plenty of sunlight with moderate temperatures, and a soil that drains well. Keep in mind that most herbs are native to the Mediterranean area — provide them with conditions similar to this region and they will flourish. Of course, you can combine the two by growing in containers. This way herbs can be outside during the growing season and moved indoors when it gets cold. See our herb garden ideas below:
Indoor Herb Garden
The location is the most important choice you will make when establishing a covered herb garden. Herbs need at least 6 hours of bright sunlight, which can be difficult to achieve during the winter months. To ensure plants are getting enough of sunlight consider the following things:
- The southwest-facing sills offer the greatest amount of light.
- A corner with two windows (one facing south and the other facing west) is ideal.
- Complement with a HID grow lights if your home does not get enough natural sunlight.
Give water to your herbal plants enough to keep the soil moisture without over watering (the roots will rot in a watery and soaked container). Allow the top of the soil, or culture medium, to completely dry between watering and check moisture levels often. A moisture meter can help eliminate excess and low irrigation by measuring moisture at the root level. It is also a good idea to plant herbs in separate containers or make sure that the plants that grow together have similar irrigation needs.
Tips #1: Mint and parsley do best in a fairly moist soil environment, whereas rosemary, thyme and sage prefer soil that is only slightly moist. You can make it as a windowsill herb garden or growing herbs in pots.
Seeds of annual herbs (basil, coriander, dill and oregano) can be started indoors and grown year round. Place some collection of popular culinary herbs in your kitchen window with a flash of the sun and they’ll be available when needed. Long lasting herbs, like chives, sage, parsley, thyme and sweet marjoram, can be started from seed, but it is often easier to purchase young plants from a nursery. Because long lasting plants grow for more than one season, it’s best to keep them outside in pots during the summer to get the sunlight and bring them in before the first frost.
Outdoor Herb Garden
Location is just as important for outdoor-grown herbs as indoor-grown. Figure out how much space each herb will need (read the seed packet or planting instructions) and how many plants you want to grow. Then calculate how much room you’ll need for your garden. Also, choose a location that provides adequate amounts of sunshine. Many herbs require 6-8 hours of sun each day to produce the essential oils that give them their pleasant taste and scent.
Prepare the planting beds by digging 10 to 12 inches into the ground and turning it over. Get rid of any big stones. Then, mix a lot of organic matter. Use a rake to level the floor when finished. You can find some herb garden kit nearby if you don’t have the kits.
Give enough water to keep the soil moist, but not soaked and avoid frequent and light watering that can drag roots to the soil surface. An occasional soak is often better for plants. However, you should not wait so long between watering the herbs to wither or become stressed.
Tips #2: Group plants that have similar watering needs together and your herb garden will thrive.
Tips #3: It’s far better in my experience to buy herb plants from a reputable garden center, or grow the plants from seed rather than making it yourself 😀
Happy Gardening everyone 🙂