Growing herbs, whether indoors or outdoors, can be rewarding on several levels. Herbs provide you with aromatic scents, exotic flavors and even medicinal capabilities. Growing herbs in the Caribbean can be easy thanks to the rich soil conditions and climate of the tropical region. From delicate flavors and bold flowers to modest but flavorful grasses, herbs in the Caribbean thrive.
Select a spot for gardening your herbs. For an impressive herb garden, outline a spot in your yard that has areas that both get drenched in sunlight and are concealed by cool shade.
Break apart the ground in which you will be planting the herb seeds, using your shovel or hoe. This is called "turning the earth" or "tilling." Use a mechanic tiller if you have one; otherwise, a shovel or hoe is more than adequate.
Pour all of the compost, sand and potting soil in a pile in the center of the plot of gardening land. Make sure the compost is at the bottom of the pile of soil and sand. Allow the compost to remain undisturbed (as well as the soil and sand) for approximately three days, to allow the compost to decompose further.
Mix the compost, sand and soil mixture with the shovel, hoe or trowel, making sure to mix thoroughly and chop up any large clumps of compost throughout the soil mixture.
Spread the soil mixture evenly over the garden area.
Introduce the worm castings to the top layer of the spread-out soil. This will act as a boost in fertilizing the already enriched soil.
Plant your herb seeds according to where the plants will thrive the most. For example, herbs like saffron can be planted along the most shaded parts of the garden, and coriander, cilantro, parsley and peppermint can thrive in partial to full sun. The desirable and lengthy growing seasons in the Caribbean allow for a wide and eclectic variety of herbs.
Things You Will Need
- Sand (approximately 10 lbs.)
- Potting soil ( approx 20 lbs.)
- Kitchen compost (10 lbs.)
- Worm castings (10 lbs.)
- Herb seeds
- Gardening tools
- Plant species of herb in your garden such as amaranth, which is often consumed in teas and tinctures in the Caribbean and other regions.