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Tips On Ways To Grow An Herb Garden

2010 May 1
by buddy

herbs-gardenSome people just seem to have a green thumb and a real knack for growing fresh herbs to make gourmet meals.  Using herbs grown in a kitchen window can enhance any meal.  Most people think that methods to grow an herb garden are complicated but in truth, they are quite easy.  The great thing is that herbs don’t require special soil, they can be grown throughout the year, and the garden could be grown in a window sill, this makes a great project for anyone, even apartment dwellers.

Typically, an herb garden starts by planting seeds in the early part of spring and then as the weather turns warmer, the seeds would be planted in the ground outside.  For growing herbs, all you need is a normal pot or container.  Any type of container can be used, however, to ensure all organisms that can be found in used pots are killed, they should be washed out with a mixture of bleach and water, followed by a thorough cleaning.

When you grow an herb garden you can save space by putting three or four plants such as basil, parsley or oregano in one container.  Remember to pinch off flower heads often so that the leaves will look and taste their best.  This type of herb will only last a season and will need to be replanted each year. Herbs such as rosemary and lavender will grow rather large and require adequate space in your yard.  These two herbs in particular will provide enough sprigs for several years.  Herbs such as chives, mint or sage will come back each year with proper care. When they become leggy they will need to be cut back often to promote future growth.

If you have poor soil such as heavy clay you may want to consider growing an herb garden in a raised bed.  Raised bed planter boxes can be made easily and filled with a rich soil mixture. These boxes provide great drainage that most all herb garden plants require.  Place the planter boxes in an area that receives plenty of sun, possibly even a spot near the kitchen for easy access.  These planters are also great for planting and growing summer veggies or spring and
summer flowers for cutting.

Organic herb gardening is really easier than you think.  You can begin today to grow your own herbs such as basil, chives, tarragon, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, and sage today.  Freshly cut herbs add so much more flavor to any recipe.

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