How to Make a Herb Garden

To make an herb garden successfully, you’ll need to devote time to planning, the actual planting and their maintenance. Here are the things you need to do.

How to Grow Herbs Outdoors

Required Tools and Materials

Clay pots or trays
Potting soil
Shovel
Rake
Fertilizer
Gloves
Herb plants (among the most widely used for recipes are rosemary, dill, thyme, cilantro and basil)

Instructions

Decide if you want to plant herbs from seeds or if you’re going to purchase pre-grown plants in the nursery. Next, decide what type of herbs you want to grow. Choose a location that gets as much sunlight as possible. To make an herb garden prosper, tilling and fertilizing the soil will be necessary.

Next, plant the seeds. The hole needs to be a few inches deep and double the size of the seed. For seedlings, make the hole twice the size of the root ball. Remove the seedling from the pot. Insert it in the hole. Cover the opening with dirt. Pat until it’s level.

After planting, sprinkle a generous amount of water. After that you can water the seeds once a week. The soil needs to be moist, not totally wet. Water it more often if it is very hot. Harvest time is right before the plants bloom. When you make an herb garden, you should cut the leaves every now and then; this encourages plant growth.

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

The pots here can be any old container (plastic, bottles etc). However, do not use containers comprised of metal. Metal is toxic to plants due to the rust.

Required Tools and Materials

Pots
Spray bottle
Potting soil
Seeds or seedlings

Instructions

Pick herbs that are easy to nurture indoors. Among them are rosemary, basil and oregano. Plant the seeds in a spot where they can get plenty of sunlight. If you are growing from seeds, don’t plant them too deeply; they’ll take longer to grow. As the seeds emerge, prepare newer and bigger containers.
 
If you want to make an herb garden indoors, you shouldn’t squeeze the soil too much around the roots. Take care when transplanting as the roots could get damaged.

Watering should be the same frequency as when nurturing herbs outdoors. The soil should be moist, not soaked.

Tips and Warnings

The main advantage of indoor gardening is that you can plant anytime of the year. Look at the various herbs you want to plant first. Depending on the variant, some may need more watering. Your location and climate will also be factors you should consider.

Herbs can be stored once they’re dried. To ensure growth, you should remove pests and insects by using pesticides.

Study the characteristics of the herb you’re going to plant. The mint for instance, can grow very quickly and become invasive. Do some research on the various herbs so you can pick the ones suitable for your garden.

Careful planning is necessary if you decide to make an herb garden. With patience and dedication you’ll be able to nurture one.

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