Fresh Herb Garden Information

Herbs are really powerful plants. Their very existence and use can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Chinese. They are even referenced in the Bible and other medieval documents, which shows them being used in households. Growing herbs is beneficial for gardeners for a variety of reasons: flavoring food, making potpourri, making tea, controlling pests, and even using them for medication and decorations. Growing your own fresh herb garden can even be done in the relative comfort of your indoors.

Now, fresh herb gardens can be grown either inside your home, or outside in your garden plot. It doesn’t require that much of a space, since a small plot of four by six feet is already sufficient enough to support a small family. And culinary herbs are popularly used for flavoring and cooking, there are also some kinds of herbs, like medicinal, aromatic, and ornamental herbs that can be used for a variety of exploits. You can have them dried or fresh; it really depends on your own personal preferences anyway.

Like all the other kinds of plants, herbs can also be categorized as perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees. When planting herbs in your fresh herb garden, make sure that you use well-drained soil. If the soil you use is heavy or compact, you can add organic matter into it, although fertilizers aren’t necessary. Most herbs prefer a sunny location although there are a few that thrive more successfully under a full shade. Interestingly, only a few diseases and insects attack herbs, with the occasional red spider mites during dry, hot weather, and aphids that can attach to dill, caraway, anise, or fennel. Rust is also known to affect mint.

Herbs can be bought and planted into a home fresh herb garden, or you may opt to grow them yourself from seeds. However, the sense of fulfillment and joy erupts more when you grow them from a seed because then you are able to witness their every step-by-step process, from sprouting until its death with respect and awe. And because herbs are so useful, this makes the whole experience more rewarding.

Almost all herbs can be grown from a seed. The seeds should be placed in a shallow pot or box in late winter. Use a light, well-drained soil to grow your seeds in. and since herbs don’t have much of a deep root base to start with, make sure not to cover the seeds with too much soil since they need to be planted shallowly. One rule of thumb that you may find useful when it comes to growing herbs is: the finer the seed, the shallower is should be sown.

After the winter season, you may opt to transplant the seedlings outdoors during spring. But a warning first though, some herbs can be grown from seeds, some of them cannot transplant well. Examples are dill, fennel, anise, and coriander, which must be planted directly into the garden.

Although growing herbs in a home fresh herb garden is extremely easy and worthwhile, there is a lot of information you need to know and understand about herbs.  This article has given you a lift and now it is time to complete the journey with more information.

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