Herbs are hearty, sun-loving plants that add vibrancy to any garden. Home-grown herbs can be used for cooking, medicines or even cleaning supplies. Most herbs produce some type of flower, adding even more charm to flower beds and pots throughout a garden.
Determine the best location for your herb garden by monitoring the amount of sun each prospective planting bed receives. Herbs thrive in the hot sun, so six to eight hours of sunlight is the best option. Avoid areas with overhanging trees or those that only receive the morning sunlight.
Review the guidelines for each herb with regard to the recommended growing space required. Avoid planting herbs too close together or the root system will not form correctly.
Prepare the soil for the herbs by creating a mixture of one part natural dirt, one part commercial garden soil and one part course sand. Create an even mix by tilling the soils together.
Use the golf tees as a marker for each specific area where an herb will be planted. Ideal spacing is typically 1 square foot for each herb. Tie the string to the tees to create a visible grid for planting. For best results, try and allow the string to remain above the soil so that it does not become buried during watering.
Plant the seeds or sprouts in their designated locations and label each herb's plot for easy referencing and harvest.
Water the herb garden every two to three days, or whenever the soil is dry to a depth of one inch.
Mulch and fertilize the garden annually. Organic mulches such as grass clippings are easily mixed directly into the soil and provide excellent nourishment for the herbs.