Gardening with Herbs

March 29, 2011 by  
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Gardening can be a relaxing and enjoyable hobby for those who wish to try it. Herb gardens are particularly useful, and they are quite simple to start. If you follow these easy steps, your herb garden can provide you hours of pleasure, and a lot of great food, too.

First, you must determine the best spot in your yard for your herb garden. Herbs need a lot of sunshine, so you need to find a place that will have at least four hours of sun exposure every day. You will need a wide place, as herbs can grow rather large. You will need to allow for 1 to 4 feet in diameter per plant. It’s possible to grow them in pots, but they become stunted, and for the best effect they really need room to spread out.

Before you start to plant, you will need to get the soil ready to receive the herbs. A large gardening fork can be used to break up compacted soil; this will allow for water drainage and let the roots of the plant reach way down into the soil. An addition of compost is always welcome at this stage in the preparation, and it will aid in drainage issues and fertilize your garden.

Finally, you must choose the sorts of plants you wish to grow. If you want a high yield using a smaller space, your best choices are cilantro, chives, dill or parsley. These only need to be planted a foot apart. Basils, tarragon, and thyme need to be two feet apart. The most space-consuming herbs are rosemary, oregano, marjoram, sage, and mint. These plants need to be spaced between three and four feet apart. You should also consider your own culinary needs. Do you love to cook Italian food? Oregano, basil, and rosemary could be your most useful herbs. Do you wish to make your own pickles? A dill plant could be handy! You should review your favorite recipes to see what fresh herbs would be most beneficial to you. Once you’ve determined the sort of plants you want to use, get them into the ground. If the soil becomes dry to touch a couple of inches down, you need to water the plants. Over watering is not helpful, so try to avoid this. The levels of water needed to keep your plants healthy will vary throughout the season, depending on the weather in your area. Gardening with herbs is a rewarding, enjoyable experience if you follow the tips laid out here.

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