Herb Garden Information

Overview

Early American settlers planted herb gardens to grow herbs for medicines, seasonings, scents and dyes. The herb garden was a feature of most pioneer homes. With modern grocery stores, the need for herb gardens disappeared.

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Garden Size

The size of an herb garden depends on the amount of different herbs that are going to be grown. A kitchen herb garden can be grown in 12 or 15 square feet. The individual herb plots are typically 12 by 18 inches. Herbs will also grow in pots.

Soil

Herb gardens need good drainage since herbs do not grow well in damp soil. Herbs do not require fertile soil; it will produce excessive foliage with little flavor.

Seeds

Almost all herbs can be grown from seeds. Parsley grows quickly from seeds, which can be planted every two weeks to ensure an ongoing crop.

Pests

Most herbs are not bothered by pests. Some herbs will even repel insects. Red spider mites and aphids are a couple of pests that will attack herbs in extremely hot weather.

Invaders

Some herbs, such as mint, can be invasive. Herbs like these should be planted in containers unless you want them to spread.

References

  • West Virginia University Extension: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
Keywords: growing herbs, kitchen garden, parsley mint

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.