Basic Herb Gardening Tips

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Sprig of HerbsTips and ideas for Herb Gardening

It is such an amazing adventure to grow a fresh garden herb. Whatever type of herb classification that the gardener wishes to grow, there are a lot of rewards that herb gardening can offer. Growing herbs is easy to do. They are hearty and they remain insect free most of the time. If you are a new herb gardener, here are a few herb garden tips for you to follow to get you off to a good start.

Tip #1: How to Determine the Size of the Herb Garden

Creating a diagram of your garden is a good way to start. Know the type and amount of plants that you wish to put in your garden as this will help decide how much space will be required. If you plan on having a kitchen garden, a 4 by 20 foot area should be a perfect size.  Remember to allot a 12 by 18 inch area to each herb. Also, you should consider the type of plant in deciding where to put it.  For example, basil or parsley should be placed along the border since they are colorful and frequently used. In addition, you should separate perennial herbs from annuals and bi-annuals.

Tip #2: Have the Best Soil and Site Conditions

Soil drainage is one of the most crucial components in the formula of herb growing success.  When the ground is overly damp, the herbs will not grow as they hate wet feet. Therefore, in choosing the location of your herb garden, you must first take into account the soil drainage. However, you need not worry if you cannot find a well-drained spot for your garden. You can create a well-drained garden area by removing around 16-inch-deep of the garden area soil and then placing down a layer of gravel 3 inches thick.  Mix a small amount of sand with the soil that you previously removed and then put it back on top of the gravel. You’ve just created your very own well drained herb gardening area.

For herb growing, the soil should not be excessively rich. More often than not, herbs tend to grow stronger and the leaves have more flavor and aromas if they are planted in poorer soil. Some herbs do require amounts of fertilizer. Some of stronger growing varieties in particular..

Tip #3: How to Sow Herb Seed

Gardeners can usually grow herbs from seed successfully, with a few exceptions. Late winter is the best time to sow seeds but do it in boxes. During the spring, you may then transfer or transplant the seedlings from the box to the garden outside. Also, be careful not to sow them too deep since herb seeds can be very tiny. For herbs with finer seeds like savory, thyme or marjoram, 1/8 inch of soil is normally enough.  These fine seed herbs can be covered with a fine dusting of vermiculite during germination to keep moisture in the soil during the process. Some herbs are not fit for transplanting. Check with your seed supplier. These types of herbs should be planted directly into the herb garden.

Tip #4: How to Harvest Herbs

As soon as there are enough leaves on the plant to sustain growth after getting what you need, then it is a good time to start harvesting fresh herb leaves. Excellent flavor and aroma is ensured by superior oil content. The best time of the day to harvest leaves or seed heads is when the dew has just gone away and before the sun gets very hot. By doing this, you are able to get the finest oil content.

You are now all set to begin your adventure in your herb garden.

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