Herb Gardens

Let’s start with the EASY stuff! Herb gardens are fairly low maintenance and grow literally like weeds!

My first real attempt at gardening (after killing many plants, tomatoes, and peppers) was herbs – and it was a success!

Even my kids couldn’t kill these things (by dumping too much water on them etc.).

I took two large pots (approximately 31 inch) and drilled holes in the bottom. I placed broken pieces of a ceramic pot on top of the holes for drainage. You can also use rocks. I then planted 2-3 difference kinds of herbs in each.

I used top soil and compost to get them started and they were off!

They do need sun, but not much else.

Herb gardens are a great way to start gardening. They aren’t as ‘scary’ as a traditional garden can be because they’re hard to mess up.

You can start your herb garden inside with seeds, or go to a nursery and buy slightly matured herbs and plant them outside immediately.

Rosemary takes a little while to get going so that’s a good one to buy already matured.

This year I started my herb garden with slightly matured Oregano and Thyme because we are still in for some cooler weather and they can handle it.

I’m holding off on the Rosemary and Basil (my two favorites) because they don’t fair as well in the cold.

Here is a quick list of common herbs you may want to plant, and some tips about each.

OREGANO

Oregano

As with most herbs, oregano leaves taste best before the plant flowers.

You can begin harvesting when plants have reached 4-5 inches in height.

Cutting stems all the way back to the ground will encourage more stems and a fuller plant.

Although it is grown predominately as a culinary herb, oregano makes a nice edging plant and ground cover, requiring little maintenance.

The flowers should be pinched to keep the plants bushy.

THYME

Thyme

It grows especially well in somewhat dry, sunny conditions.

Thyme can be used as an edger, but it has a tendency to die out in spots, so be prepared to fill in with new plants.

Thyme pretty much grows itself. In fact, the more you fuss with it, the less hardy it will be.

ROSEMARY

Rosemary

It’s much easier to start with a nursery grown plant because Rosemary can take some time to fill in as a plant.

Expect to pay more for a mature plant than for a small rosemary start.

Rosemary needs Sun, Good Drainage and Good Air Circulation.

I like Rosemary year round, so I grow it separately in a terra cotta pot (because they like it dry). That way, when temperatures begin to dip below 30, I can bring the individual pot in for the winter.

I keep it near a window with plenty of sunlight. It need 6-8 hours a day. If natural sunlight won’t provide that, you may need artificial light.

When spring returns, it’s time to re-pot. Re-potting once a year is a good idea.

If you don’t want your plant to get too large, root prune it by slicing off a couple of inches of the roots from the bottom and sides of the root ball and replanting in the same pot.

CHIVES

Chive

Not much too say here.

They can be in sun, or partial shade.

They don’t need watering unless they’ve been in an excessive drought.

No fertilizer required. Just plant them after the last frost in a good soil, and or compost, and watch them grow!

You can eat every part of the chive, including the flower!

A fun addition to any plate.

PARSLEY

parsley

Parsley is great for flavouring or a garnish to give a little color to your plate.

Parsley can be a little trickier to grow than other herbs because of its long germination period.

You may start it indoors and wait 6-8 weeks to move it out, or if you’re like me, you’ll just go to the nursery and buy a plant that already has a head start.

Unlike many other herbs, parsley does like a decent amount of moisture and sun.

This is one of the few that might need a little watering. It also requires proper drainage.

SAGE

sage

Sage leaves are a common seasoning, both fresh and dried. The leaves and branches are often used in crafts as well, like wreaths.

Sage prefers a warm, sunny location. It is not picky about soil, except that it be well-drained.

Pruning after flowering will prevent them from getting too leggy.

It’s fairly easy to grow sage indoors, but they do need plenty of light.

One Comment

  1. Posted October 28, 2014 at 8:26 am | Posted By: Mary Preston

    Thank you for advices! I have a pot with basil in my home and it’s not hard to grow it. You can try, if you want to. I’ll try to plant rosemary. :)

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