Herbs and herb garden have been around since time immemorial. They have been used to treat illness, flavor cooking and in many cultures were even held to possess magical powers. Let’s look at a few ideas to get your very own herb garden firmly planted in your organic home garden!
Consider the herbs you want to plant. Think about their types. Would you like annuals, biennials or perennials? How much space will they occupy? It’s a good idea to purchase a book to get the detailed information necessary on specific herbs you are planning to grow. This will of course affect your planning.
Draw your garden on paper first. Separate the annuals from the perennials so when the time comes for pulling out the former, you won’t be disturbing the latter. Perennials can be planted on the edge of your herb garden so, when it is time to till your garden, they won’t be in danger of being dug up or disturbed.
Another thing to remember is that you should plant the tall herbs at the back and the shorter ones at the front. Also, provide your plants with enough space to grow. Proper positioning will help a lot in their growth.
If you would rather keep herbs out of your garden (and some can be quite invasive) you could have herb pots. These are large containers with three or more outlets for the herbs. These pots should be filled up to the first outlet and the herb planted before continuing on with the filling and planting process. Usually, the herb that requires the most water is planted in the bottom hole, while the variety that requires the least goes in the highest hole.
You might consider having a square herb bed. You can have this bed divided into four by two paths crossing at a mid point measuring 3 feet. You can border it with stone or brick. A wooden ladder may also do the trick. You can lay it down on your garden and plant your herbs between its rungs. You can also choose to have a wagon wheel bed. Plant your herbs in between the wagon wheel’s wedges.
Get Your Plants Growing
Of course, different plants have different needs but many of them require alkaline soil. This is the reason why you have to make sure you select the right herbs for your soil type in the planning stage. If you germinate your herbs from seeds, remember to follow the directions on the packet for soil, watering and temperature.
Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow. You just have to provide them with effective drainage, sunlight, enough humidity or moisture and fertile soil. Even with just a minimal meeting of these requirements your herbs will be bound to produce a good harvest. And that means greater health for you and greater-tasting food, though don’t expect to be imbued with magical powers…