Herbs come in varying types which is why it is very confusing for gardeners to select which one to include in their garden. You can check upon the supermarket shelf to get an idea of the herbs used in cooking. Here are some recommended herbs that you can start with:
- Rosemary, sage and winter savory – the strong herbs
- Dill, tarragon, thyme, sweet basil, mint, sweet marjoram – herbs for accent
- Parsley, chives and summer savory – the blending herbs
If you are interested in growing your own herbs, note that there is a long list of herbs to choose from. Remember there is another classification for herbs:
- Perennials –they bloom for every season
i.e. fennel, chives, lovage, mint, thyme, tarragon, winter savory, marjoram
- Annuals – they bloom for one season only and then die
i.e. basil, coriander, summer savory, dill, anise
- Biennials – they live for two seasons but only blooms on the second season
i.e. parsley, caraway
Now that you have learned about the different types of herbs, it is time to know some helpful gardening tips that you need as a beginner. Keep these tips in mind and your herb garden will surely be a success:
The size of your garden should depend on the number of herbs you plan to plant. An area of 20 feet by 4 feet is the general measurement. If you want to separate each kind, then you can make plots which measures 12 inch by 18 inch.
You can use colorful and common herbs like purple basil or parsley as borders. Remember to always separate the perennial and annual herbs.
When choosing the soil, consider the soil fertility and drainage. Herbs do not grow on wet soil but there is a solution. To improve the soil’s drainage, dig the soil up to 15-18 inches and then put crushed stones on the area up to 3 layers. Before you put the soil back, mix it with sand and compost to make it light.
Sowing the Seed
Herbs also come from seeds, but it is preferred that they are placed in a container for them not to overtake the garden. You can use hanging baskets, window boxes or gardening plots as container for them. Like any plant, they need water, sun and your attention.
It is advisable to sow the seeds in winter so they will be ready for spring. Transplant seedlings are put in a drained soil but be careful not to cover them deeply. Seeds that do not transplant like dill, anise and fennel are planted directly to the soil.
Division and Cutting
These are the best ways for herbs to reproduce. When they are slowly growing, cutting is the best solution. Others which spread wildly need division to reproduce.
If you want something new for your garden, then surely herbs are the best choice for you. It may require tedious work at first but when you get used to them, you will eventually realize that herbs are really easy to grow, plus they make your cooking much tastier too!