Posted by Gardener Marc | Posted in Basic Gardening Tips, Herb Gardening | Posted on 22-06-2011
Fresh herbs from the own garden are wonderful. You can create a herb garden in almost every garden. Everybody has enough space for this. If you have no garden, you also could grow herbs. Just with a few little containers in your kitchen.
The most important herbs for daily use you can grow in just a small area of few square meters. Usually it is sufficient to find a sun-drenched location and water well in summer. I good place might be the edge of your vegetable garden or at a border along the trail through your garden.
If you have enough space, perhaps you want to create an herb bed (There are lots of good looking ways to do this).
Most herbs also survive the winter without any problems. You only should cover them with pine needles or leaves to protect them from frost.
In our herb garden we can not only grow the typical salad herbs, like dill, chivas and parsley, but also many types of thyme, rosemary, mint and sage. The variety is almost endless and, almost, a science in itself.
Of course, the fresh-cut herbs taste best. But even after drying or freezing they loose little of their flavour and can be as well preserved.
Starting your herb garden is not hard, you only need a few items:
- Seeds (of your favorite herbs). They can be even bought in the supermarket.
- Good soil – There is soil what is specifically made for herbs, but any nutritious soil will be fine.
- Small containers or seeding pots
- A small shovel – I like to work with my hands, because I wand to feel what i do
- If you want to grow more than one variety it makes sense to create a label for each herb
Fill the containers with soil, but leave some space at the top and place your seeds (attention: some herbs need to be alone in their pot). Cover the seed(s) with a second thin layer of soil. Now, water the herbs (don’t give them too much) and place the pots ideally next to the window, where it is warm and sunny.
A good tip is to cover the pots with plastic wrap until the seeds sprout, so they will grow much faster.
When the herbs are 4-6 inch big, transplant they to your regular herb bed (or if you want to have them inside, at the balcony, etc. put them in bigger containers). Make sure they always have enough water and a nutrient rich soil.
You could also try to seed them outside. If you are lucky (and live in a warm area) this will work fine for you.
Exact informations for each herb you can usually read on the seed packets.