Perhaps you’re looking for a new hobby, have limited space but still want a small edible garden, or due to the coronavirus, are finding some of your favorite herbs out of stock at your local grocer. No matter the reason, starting an herb garden is a simple and rewarding endeavor.
- Begin by deciding what herbs you want to grow. These can range from those you use on a regular basis to ones you’ve always wanted to try. Reader’s Digest rated the following as the 10 most popular herbs for home gardeners: basil, chives, coriander, mint, dill, fennel, tarragon, parsley, thyme and sage.
- All the above listed herbs can be grown in an outdoor garden, outdoor patio or balcony planters, or indoors in windowsill pots, just as long as there is plenty of warm sunshine. Full sunlight is generally fine as long as temperatures don’t regularly exceed 90 degrees. If you do experience higher temps then plant where the herbs can get morning sun and afternoon shade or constant filtered light, such as under a leafy tree.
- No matter when you decide to plant, the soil needs to be well draining. Mix in a little compost or general purpose fertilizer before adding the plants. Often garden and flower plants will include a small pick that contains growing instructions. Pay close attention to the depth and width required as each herb has different requirements.
- Water thoroughly after the initial planting. Then check the soil every few days to determine if it’s time to re-water. General rule of thumb for most herbs is, if the soil is dry a couple of inches down, it’s time for a good soaking. And as with most plants, be careful not to overwater as this can cause mildew and root rot. If your herbs are in pots or planters, make sure each container has proper drainage so water doesn’t pool in the bottom.
- Do your homework before harvesting and drying your herbs. Remember all herbs should be picked after the morning dew has evaporated. So if you know you’ll need a certain herb earlier in the day, consider cutting it the night before. Here is a very handy chart on the “when and how” for some of the most popular home-grown herbs.
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