Herbs can be spicy, sweet, strong or subtle, and with a little care and planning, you can grow them in your garden with ease. Whether you want to use them fresh or hang them up to dry, herbs are a simple way to grow a beautiful garden with a functional purpose.
Compile a list of the herbs you would like to grow. Select ones you can grow now and ones that may need to wait, and purchase seeds or seedlings accordingly.
Look up the sun requirements of the herbs you have chosen in an herb guide. Many herbs need full sun (at least six hours of daily direct sunlight), while others can tolerate partial shade. Choose a location in the sun and relatively close to your kitchen with loose, well-draining soil.
Break up the soil 10 inches deep. Layer over the soil with 3 or 4 inches deep of compost or garden soil and mix together.
Planting and Care
Plant seedlings in your herb bed, following spacing needs of herbs selected, by digging a hole large enough for each pot. Ease the pot from the root ball and plant the seedling into the hole, working the soil around the root ball to firm it.
Plant seeds following the same spacing and depth needs as above. Cover the seeds at their depth, but don't press the soil down on them.
Water the entire herb bed without making the soil soggy or causing runoff. Keep the bed evenly damp for a month as the seedlings begin to grow or the seeds germinate.
Water your herbs deeply once or twice a week, taking rainfall into account. While herbs need water, they can flourish in arid climates.
Prune or collect from your herbs by cutting stems or leaves with sharp herb scissors. Use fresh herbs or dry them for use within the next year.
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