Home Herb Garden

By: Gary DeWitt


Herbs are used for flavoring in our food, as well as herbs that help thwart or cure illnesses, such as garlic, as it helps to lower one’s blood pressure. Though, when some people plant a garden in the spring they one way or another over look the aspect of planting herbs. Maybe it is for the reason that some herbs are harder to grow than others. Perhaps it is for the reason that they do not understand how good herbs can make your home herb garden look.

Planting a home herb garden doesn't need to be limited to the outside. Herbs make great looking gardens inside your home as well. Many herbs have fantastically nice looking flowers and even have nice smells, such as mint. However, there are many people that enjoy an outdoors garden with their selection of herbs planted in it. It is a first-rate idea to plant the herb section as near the kitchen as possible. Most herbs like to be in complete sunlight, however, there are some that like shade as well.

There are lots of people who do not have the natural type of dirt that is desirable to grow herbs. So the dirt that you use will depend greatly on what ingredients you mix with it. When you first begin mixing your soil you must use a good 10-10-10 fertilizer. Be cautious not to over fertilize your dirt. Using a spreader will help spread the fertilizer in an even way. When the plants have developed, about half way through the season, you will need to spread more fertilizer, as the plants have used most of the nutrients in the fertilizer by this time.

At the end of the season, a number of of your herbs will die back to the earth, such as oregano, sweet fennel, tarragon, and mint. Mint should be kept more to itself than in the middle of the garden. There are many herbs that stay green all year round, such as rosemary, sage, and thyme; however, these need to be pruned by removing all the dead leaves and stems when spring has arrived. These herbs grow more than two years. Annual herbs are basil, dill, chervil, and cilantro. These annual herbs will have to be replanted from fresh young plants.

Not anything tastes better than food that you have grown yourself; and you cannot get any fresher herbs anywhere. You can dry and even freeze some herbs; such as angelica, bay leaves, chamomile, dill, fennel, oregano, rosemary, and sage are just a few herbs that can be dried and stored in the pantry for future use.

Herbs that can be frozen include thyme, tarragon, parsley, fennel leaves, chives, and garlic. When freezing these herbs you should use a plastic zip lock bag and lay them flat in the freezer.

Here are some of the herbs that are great to start with when planting an home herb garden, even if you have never grown one before. Bay plant-start it in a pot and bring it inside during the winter. Dill- you will need at least 4 to 6 plants to start; thyme at least 4 plants; and 2 plants of fennel. With oregano, tarragon, and parsley you can never plant too much. For rosemary one plant will do while for sage, two plants depending how much you like sage. Sweet basil at least 8 plants, because it takes a lot to cover one pound of pasta. Winter savory is the same as sweet basil it depends how much you want in your sauces.

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I did not have room to give you everything here. You must visit my site for more information. You also really need to read The Garden Herb Guide before you start trying to grow your own herbs, or if you are having difficulty with your home herb garden. It is jam packed with more information that you can use to improve your attempts at growing herbs.

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