Starting an Herb Garden
Nothing beats homegrown herbs, fruits and vegetables for freshness and flavor. Starting a garden is good for you, too. It allows you to spend time outdoors and exercising. Plus, growing plants creates jobs for you, saving you money at the grocery store and providing you with wholesome foods you can use in cooking.
Starting an Herb Garden is not hard.
You can begin one in a few hours and have herbs within a few months. It’s easy to grow herbs. Most herbs prefer a sunny location with good drainage. They also prefer nutrient rich soil. But if you want herbs that are particularly finicky, there are a few things you can do to acclimate them to outdoor life faster.
Keep a garden journal and review your garden notes on a regular basis. This will help you remember what grew well and what didn’t. For example, plants that need a lot of sunshine are best grown in raised beds. You can make raised beds by turning a container or a wheelbarrow upside down.
If you’re growing herbs in a kitchen, make sure there’s adequate room for them. You’ll have to prune some herbs that grow too tall or become invasive. Your kitchen is not a flowerbed. There are herbs that grow better when they’re separated into individual rooms and rooms are usually too small for the plants. Your kitchen should have an area that gets sun and has good drainage and plenty of light. You can use artificial lights, but don’t overdo it.
Many herbs need several hours of sunlight every day. Give them sun for 8 hours a day. You’ll have to move plants around but this is good for you. Your herbs will be tired from movement and will produce more. Your kitchen should also have good ventilation. If you have a small kitchen, try to place plants near windows. Don’t put them on top of the window boxes. If you don’t have windows, try putting them on an exterior wall.
If you’re using container herb gardening, try to match the plants for sun, water, and drainage.
Plants that are smaller tend to drain more, so try to use a small pot. There are herbs that prefer a drier soil. If you have a container herb garden that’s too wet, you can add organic compost to the soil and water it daily until the soil becomes dry.
For some herbs, the soil dries out too quickly and the plant dies. Plants that have a high water content can cause the flowers to wilt. Try to keep the flowers healthy by trimming them regularly so they don’t wilt. This will help them stay green longer. For herbs like mint, trimming is good because it encourages the plant to grow faster and thicker. It’s also very important that your plants are dormant in the winter. Plant the last herb in the garden at the beginning of winter.
The last herb is the most important. As you follow these steps, you’ll notice a difference in your herbs. Your plants will grow faster, and they’ll begin to sprout flower stalks. Your plants will begin to produce more flower stalks and produce more flowers. When the flowers are finished, don’t throw them away. Keep them to trim. After a few months, you will see that your plants are producing the seeds. This is when you have to wait until spring. When your plants produce seeds, don’t throw them away. Use them to propagate to the next step. After that, you will have a few herbs for many years.
Here are the steps:
1. First, harvest your herbs.
Don’t throw them away or plant them all. Trim off the flowers. If there are seeds on the plant, it means that the plant has more pruning to do. Trim them as they will die soon.
2. Next, wait until spring.
If you have to wait, then plant them immediately. Plants will start producing new flowers. Wait for the plants to produce the seeds for the next step.
3. Next, trim the plants and wait until fall.
Harvest them as soon as they are ripe. Store them in a dry place until you can smoke them. Use the herbs in the recipes you want.
4. Finally, wait until winter.
Trim the herbs. Place them in a paper bag. Fill it with pine pitch and burn it. Smoke the herbs until you get used to the smoke. Smoked herbs are more flavorful and rich.
With these four steps, you can grow any herbs you want. After that, you have to learn how to harvest them correctly. Herbs should be trimmed regularly to avoid diseases. You can produce your own tinctures and potpourri if your herbs are growing appropriately. If you don’t know how to trim herbs, you can hire someone to do it for you. Wait till spring or fall if you don’t need it right now. During the winter, herbs are dormant. In spring, herbs are active and it’s the time you should plant them. Who knew that starting an herb garden would be so easy?!