If you love cooking, or just like to snip some fresh herbs on the side of your meals, then an herb garden is for you.
There are so many benefits to having an herb garden at home, and it is so simple to set up. All you need are a few plants, pots, soil and a sunny spot indoors or out…
How do I start an herb garden? First things first – pick a place. A container herb garden can be nearly anywhere – from your kitchen window sill above your sink all the way to an elaborate backyard plot with borders and paths. It depends on what you have available space-wise as well as how much time and effort you want to put into it – but almost any sunny indoor or outdoor space would work perfectly.
What things do I need to start an herb garden? You’ll want a few basic items before you begin: containers, potting soil and seeds. And if you’d like, you can also add some decorative touches such as paint or mosaic designs on the outside of the pots – but it’s not necessary at all.
Where do I buy my seedlings? If this is your first time starting an herb garden, then consider buying seedling plants from your local nursery or home improvement store instead of starting from seed. There are several benefits to doing so: 1) no need to worry about transplant shock since they’re already established, 2) they come in 100s of varieties, and 3) they’re usually cheaper than buying the same amount of seeds.
How do I plant my seedlings? Planting your seedlings is simple! Find a pot that’s at least 8 inches wide, depending on how large your seedling is… er… how large you want it to become! If you are using pots without drainage holes make sure you put some sort of wire mesh or hardware cloth in the bottom first to keep the soil from washing out. Add your soil mixture (see below), then carefully remove your newly purchased herb from its original container and place into the new pot, pressing gently but firmly down around it so there are no air pockets where roots can’t grow. Finally, water it well so all of the soil around the new roots is moist.
Which herbs are best for beginner gardeners? Any of these will do, but some are easier to grow than others so next week’s article will detail which particular ones are the easiest!
What kind of pot should I use? You can use any type of container you want – from plastic pots and terra cotta bowls and planters, all the way to food cans and baskets! Just make sure it has a drainage hole in the bottom – otherwise you’ll kill your plant(s) by overwatering them. If not using a container with a drainage hole, place a mesh or hardware cloth (mentioned above) into the bottom first to keep soil from washing out.