How to Keep Your Herbs Growing

Overview

The herb garden is a wonderful source of food seasoning. Herbs have risen in popularity as more people prefer to cook with fresh ingredients. They can be grown in the ground or in containers, depending on the access you want to have to them. It is convenient and cost-effective to pull them right out of your own garden, instead of making an extra run to the grocery store. To keep your herbs growing, it's important to pay attention to their environment, to make sure they are getting the nutrients they need.

Step 1

Check the planting location to make sure it has balanced soil. Herbs grow well in almost any type of soil, as long as it's not too acidic or alkaline. It must drain well.

Step 2

Add organic substances such as peat or compost to keep your herbs growing in clay soil. This will improve the drainage. If planting herbs in a container, add bark chips or stones to the bottom to let air in.

Step 3

Make sure the herbs are getting full sun to light part shade. Herbs need sun for at least fix hours daily and morning sun is preferred. If herbs are faltering, move them to a more conducive location.

Step 4

Feel the soil. Herbs do not grow well in wet soil. Water them sparingly, only when the soil is almost completely dry to the touch. Too much moisture will cause root rot or mildew growth.

Step 5

Apply a minimal amount of fertilizer to keep your herbs growing. Many die from over-fertilization, so be careful. Use time release fertilizers made for edible plants.

Step 6

Stimulate herb growth by pruning. Shorten several of the stems to promote new growth. When cutting herbs, cut the entire stem at the base instead of just removing the leaves.

Step 7

Remove weeds from around herbs. They steal nutrients from the plant and can invite insects and disease.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat or compost
  • Container
  • Bark chips or stones
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning Shears

References

  • HowToDoThings.com: How To Keep Herb Plants Growing Well
  • Savvy Gardeners: Growing Herbs at Home
  • West Virginia University: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
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About this Author

Kelly Shetsky has been a broadcast journalist for more than ten years, researching, writing, producing and reporting daily on many topics. In addition, she writes for several websites, specializing in medical, health and fitness, arts and entertainment, travel and business-related topics. Shetsky has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Marist College.