Herb Gardening

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First, plan.

There are many kinds of herbs; do you want variety, or many of one kind? Figure out what’s the best location for your garden, it should be some place that receives the right amount of natural light and is easy to water and maintain. Once you have zeroed in on what herbs you would like to have, then taken a book about them so you know what it takes to keep them healthy.

You want to get the visual element right, so get the taller ones behind. You can play around with design ideas – some people like a neat square bed divided into sections by placing bricks. On the other hand, you could place objects like wooden ladders or wagon wheels and get different herbs growing in the intermediate space.

Plan the locations carefully so that the ones that need to be dug out more frequently don’t interfere with the ones that take longer to get there. In particular, keep the annuals and the perennials far apart, and give all your herbs enough breathing space. For the more invasive variety of herbs, consider grabbing an herb pot (special containers with outlets that can hold your herbs). The herbs that get the thirstiest usually go right at the bottom of the herb pots.

Most herbs require alkaline soil, but other than that they do not tend to be demanding at all. If you are growing them off seeds that you bought packaged, remember to follow instructions related to lighting, temperature and water requirements closely. You just have to plan carefully to ensure you don’t end up with conflicting requirements. Also, careful choices can give you a great-looking garden. Generally herbs tend to be low maintenance with high yield and excellent visual quotients, so go ahead and give yourself a treat and be the envy of your neighbourhood!


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