How To Grow Your Own Herbs

Learn how to grow your own herbs with these tips!

If you can grow vegetables in the garden or flowers, then you can learn how to grow your own herbs. Herbs not only give off a nice scent, but they can also be used in cooking. Growing your own herbs is a cheaper alternative than buying them at the grocey store too.

First, you must decide on what kinds of herbs you would like to grow in your herb garden. There are many different kinds to choose from, such as Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Chives, Rosemary, Dill, Bay Leaf, Garlic, Caraway, Celery, Chili Pepper, Ginger, Horseradish, Red Pepper, Paprika, and Sage, just to name a few. All of these herbs can be used in cooking. And, if you have a cat, you might want to please him or her by planting one of their favorite herbs, which is Catnip!

Another thing that you will have to keep in mind is that herbs are just like any other plants in that some herbs are annuals, while others are perennials. Annuals will only grow for one year, and then they will die. Perennials, on the other hand, will come back the next year on their own and they will grow again and again. They do not need to be replanted like the annual plants do.

Next, plan out your herb garden by using a pencil and paper. Decide how many plants you want to grow and how much room you will need for your total garden. Decide what kinds of plants will be planted where in your garden. You will need to find a spot in your backyard that will recieve plenty of sunlight every day. Approximately six hours of sunlight is plenty for most herbs. Be careful, though, as some types of herbs like to grow best in a shady spot. Then, visit your local nursey or garden store and purchase your plants. Make sure the plants you select look healthy and green. Check the soil to make sure it is moist too.

The next step in your project is to till up your herb garden spot. Using a rototiller is your best bet, but if you don't have one, or if your garden is going to be very small, too small for a rototiller to fit into, then you wil have to use a spade. And, if you made a compost pile last year, it should be ready to use. Compost would be a beneficial addition to each plant.

Then, dig a hole for each plant to be placed in, and do not make the holes too close together. Each plant needs its own space to grow in, and plenty of it! Make sure the plant's roots have plenty of space to grow in too. Add some compost or fertilizer to the bottom of each hole before you place the plant in it. This will help the young plants by adding much-needed nutrients to the soil. Then, gently replace the soil around each plant and pat it down gently.

The leaves of the herb plants will be ready for harvesting when the plants have matured. Then, the leaves are removed, washed, and hung up to dry. They are then ready to be crushed and used in your favorite recipes.

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