Grow a herb garden

Growing herbs is a great way to feed well every day. Plant them close to your house to pick fresh and tasty herbs to add to dishes. Herbs are hardy, easy to grow and they add so much to the taste of food. Here are some ideas and tips on how to grow herbs.

Starting Your Herbs

First make sure the spot you pick has sunshine and well drained soil. Add a bit of compost or fertilizer. Pots may be used and have the advantage of being moved to more prominent areas when herbs are in bloom, however herbs are healthier in the ground.

In cooler climates place herbs in full sun. If you live in hotter climates consider placing herbs under a tree where the plants can receive morning sun, about 4 hours, but then has a reprieve from afternoon blazing sunlight.

Prepare soil by digging down about 12 inches to loosen dirt and amend with compost. A lot of herbs are perennial and this will be the only time you will have to get this right, so make sure the soil has good drainage. Feel free to add an inch of compost to top dress as well.

If you are starting your herbs from seeds, make sure to follow the directions on the package for your area and plan to place in garden bed at the correct time for your zone.

You can also purchase healthy plants from your local hardware store or online. Just make sure you start with healthy, happy plants and don’t be tempted by the end of year bargains. Oregano, Mint and Rosemary are best put in the ground as plants.

Hardy Favorite Herbs:

Bay: One of my favorites, this herb is so versatile, much more than for soups and beans. Bay is hard to propagate, so purchase small plants. Must be grown in pots and brought in for zones higher than 10. Loves sun and does not like to be overwatered.

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