Find Satisfaction By Easily Growing Your Own Fresh HerbsMay 11, 2016 | By: KM Landscaping
There's nothing more satisfying than growing your own fresh herbs. They are easy to raise in garden beds or in containers, and require minimal care and attention. By studying each herb's planting guide and following a few basic gardening tips, you are sure to have a never-ending supply of fragrant and healthy herbs for your kitchen all year round.
The quickest way to establish your new herb garden is to buy young seedling plants. These can be readily sourced from your local plant nursery. Before planting your seedlings, prepare the soil by adding some rich garden compost and a good all-purpose fertilizer. Many herbs such as coriander only last one season and will need to be replaced, but hardier herbs like basil and Italian parsley will often self-seed in a well-maintained garden bed and produce a new crop each year.
If you plan to grow herbs in pots or other types of containers, use a good quality potting mix. It's important to make sure each pot or container has adequate drainage to prevent the roots of the plants from rotting. Herbs that thrive well in containers include mint varieties, chives, parsley and oregano. Try combining both upright and sprawling herbs in a larger pot for a great look and easy harvesting.
Most herbs need plenty of sunshine to develop their foliage and flavor. Too much heat can cause herbs to wither, so position them where they are sheltered from the hot midday sun. Herbs that cope well with fewer hours of sunshine include coriander, mint and parsley. All herbs need protection from frost in winter, so consider using a greenhouse or position your herbs against a wall facing the sun if growing plants in the colder months.
Herbs need frequent watering, especially during hot summer conditions. Make sure the soil in your herb garden is moist, and don't forget to water your pots frequently to prevent the potting medium from drying out. A food grade fertilizer added once a month to your watering can to promote healthy, green growth.
When harvesting leaves from your herbs, it's best to choose them from the top of the plant. The established, lower leaves will continue to support plant growth while the new leaves grow back. This will help keep your herbs trim and productive. Some larger herbs like rosemary and basil will also benefit from an occasional light pruning to encourage fresh, vigorous growth.
Growing herbs is a satisfying hobby that requires little effort. Herbs can be planted in a garden bed or positioned in handy pots or containers close to your kitchen. Your homegrown herbs will simply require some sunshine, adequate water and fertilizer. In return, they will reward you with a cheap and continuous year-round supply of succulent leaves, adding a marvelous burst of flavor to all of your cooking and can even act as a natural bug repellent as well as fill the air with a lovely scent.