Growing herbs is wise especially if you like cooking, healing naturally or a soothing cup of herbal tea. I have grown herbs for many years and when it comes to planting an herb garden outdoors I think it is wise to not rush. Take your time in selecting a collection of healthy young bushy herbs. Also choose your garden site wisely. It is essential to the health of the herbs that the garden site meets all of the growing requirements.
Choosing Garden Site
Prior to selecting your herb growing site, make plans to watch your yard on a rainy day. By doing this you will be able to determine what sections of your yard have good soil drainage. Next, determine if the garden site has the proper sun requirement. Many herbs like it hot while other herbs like full sun to part sun.
Decide if you are going to install walkways or patios near the herb garden. If this is a consideration then do the installation prior to planting the herb garden as herbs prefer not be disturbed. By installing a patio or walkway prior to planting you will prevent the soil from shifting or pulling away from the herbs roots.
View photographs of my herb gardens. I used the large rocks found in my yard to create the garden. Lined the bottom of the garden with newspaper, then a layer of pea gravel and then topped the gravel with potting soil mixed with compost and diatomaceous earth food grade to naturaly kill soil pests. I planted Honeydew melon sage, Russian Blue basis, Curly parsley, Fern leaf dill, oregano rosemary and lemon balm mint.
Plant herbs in the spring after the danger of frost has past. Wet the soil so that it is evenly moist but not soaked. Plant the tall growing herbs in the back of the garden, medium height herbs in front of the tall herbs and the shortest herbs are in the front of the garden. This garden layout will be eye appealing and good for of sun and water. Leave space in the middle for garden accessories; fountain, birdbath, or bird or butterfly house on a pole. The garden accent will add interest to your herb garden.
Grow the herbs in sections; dig a hole that is the same depth as the nursery container or the root. Set the herb in the center of the hole. Spread out the roots and gently cover roots with the soil. Allow space between herbs for appropriate growth. Water all newly planted herbs thoroughly.
Maintain your Herb Garden
- Water your herb garden in the morning. Also water the herbs by misting in the late afternoon when the summer heat is extreme, or if the leaves show signs of wilting.
- Refrain from allowing soil to dry out.
- Feed herbs weekly throughout the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer. Apply organic mulch around the herbs. This will aid in controlling moisture and will control weeds.
- Check your herb garden for aphids, caterpillars and slugs. Control caterpillars and slugs with organic pest control. Control aphids naturally by releasing ladybugs into your yard and garden.