Herbs have been used for a myriad of purposes since the dawn of time, and the best thing about them is that virtually anyone can grown them right at home.
While cavemen certainly didn’t call them herbs, they knew enough to use certain varieties of plants in ways not too different from how they’re used today, as food supplements, seasonings and natural remedies.
Herbs are easy to grow. Starting a small garden can be as simple as clearing space on the kitchen windowsill. Here are a few things for you to consider:
To begin, decide on what sort of herbs should live in your garden. Will they be culinary, medicinal or purely ornamental? Perennial or annual?
The herbs you ultimately settle on should depend on how much space you have and what you want to get out of your garden.
Most people looking to start a herb garden will start off with herbs for cooking , such as dill, fennel, sage, basil or oregano. They can make a flavorsome addition to any number of recipes, plus you can use them as garnish to give dishes a bit of extra pizzazz.
A medicinal herb garden might sound like a great idea, but there’s really no point if you don’t know how to use them. Always do your research if you’re planning on using medicinal plants on humanoids (or animals for that matter).
If you’re just looking to beautify your garden (or a bit of space above the kitchen sink), an ornamental herb garden is a good way forward.
Most of the herbs you choose will have other uses, too; they’re called ornamentals only because they’re better looking than the rest. Examples include silver thyme, Roman chamomile, catmint and Salem rosemary, among others.
So you’ve got your herbs and your location, now what?
The first thing to check is the quality of your soil. Heavy or compacted soil is a no-go, as are fertilizers.
Once you’ve got your soil down pat, have a look at your drainage. If your soil isn’t draining well your herbs will die.
Herbs, like most plants, don’t like it in the shade. Place them somewhere sunny and they’ll flourish.
Most herbs aren’t affected by pests, so you shouldn’t need any nasty pesticide sprays.
Tips such as these on successful herb gardening are easy to come by. They also make a great topic of conversation with friends and neighbors, who may be willing to swap sprouts and seeds as well as advice.
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