Basic Herb Gardening Facts

Planting and maintaining a herb garden will save you money and provide you with fresh herbs to use while cooking. Herbs are noticeably fragrant; freshening and perfuming the atmosphere around where they are planted. This article will describe the general light and soil requirements of herbs as well as general watering, fertilizing and planting instructions.

Planting: Creating a herb container garden is the most practical option for people interested in maintaining an herb garden for use in the kitchen. There are countless products available on the market designed to help consumers begin and sustain an indoor herb garden. However, these products aren’t necessary for creating your own indoor herb garden. In fact, all you need are 1 gallon containers, fertile soil, and several packages of seeds. Designate an entire container for each herb that you choose to plant and create your garden in the same manner as you would any container garden.

Light and Soil Requirements: In general, herbs benefit from being planted or kept in full to partial sun. However, it is important to independently research the herb that you have planted because there are several herbs like cilantro which prefer full shade. Generally, however, you can raise a healthy plant by allowing it partial sun throughout the day.

For the most part, herbs need to be planted in richly fertilized and well draining soil in order to survive. If you’re planting the herbs outdoors, it is important to plant them in an environment that is analogous to an ordinary garden. Herbs require an equal amount of nutrients in their soil as any other plant and must be planted in an area where they can thrive naturally. A soil with a slightly acidic PH will yield beautiful herbs that taste as magnificent as their mother plant looks.

Watering and Fertilization Requirements: Herbs planted in containers should only be watered once the top inch of soil has dried out. Over watering is the worst mistake one can make when growing plants in containers because it causes numerous problems.

Excess moisture should be avoided at all costs therefore, plan on watering your containers once every sixteen days; about once every two weeks. This time frame allows the container to dry sufficiently and the roots of the herbs to fortify in search of water. Herbs planted directly into your outdoor garden require weekly watering during hot summer months and virtually no watering during fall and winter.

Herbs require the same amount of fertilization regardless of whether or not their planted indoors or outside. They should be fertilized monthly with an organic fertilizer. Since you will most likely be consuming the herbs it is imperative that you do not use artificial fertilizers or pesticides. Everything that you supplement your herb garden with will find its way into your body after it is consumed.