Starting your own herb garden may seem like a big task, but with the help of these 5 easy tips and tricks, you will be able to grow your favorite fresh herbs right in your home. Since many of us have been spending a lot more time inside, this is the perfect opportunity to begin a new hobby like gardening.
Choose your favorite herbs.
Before you begin making your own herb garden, you should choose which herbs to grow. Choose the herbs that you like using best. Contemplate which meals you cook most, and the ingredients you need.
Keep your herbs indoors initially.
If you want to plant the herbs from seeds, it's best to start indoors. This way, the seeds will germinate much faster. Scatter them in small flower pots and make sure that excess water can drain. When it stops freezing at night, you can gradually start putting the plants outside. Put them out a little longer each time so that they can get used to the temperatures.
Select the right spot for your herbs.
Choose a sunny spot for your new herbs that will not be out of sight, and therefore out of mind. If you can keep an eye on them, you can keep them happy, plus you will be more apt to use them.
Find the best time to harvest your herbs.
Typically, the best time to harvest herbs is early in the morning on a sunny day. However, with an indoor herb garden, you will have much more flexibility. Feel free to harvest when you need the herbs for cooking, for example.
Be deliberate about your soil selections.
One rule of (a green) thumb is to plant herbs with similar soil and water needs near each other. Herbs that are native to the Mediterranean, for example, dislike too much water. These drought-resistant types (e.g., oregano and sage) thrive best in well-drained, even chalky, soil. Plant them separately from their fertilizer-friendly cousins, like parsley and chervil. Cilantro grows well in both damp and dry soil, so it’s a great buffer herb between different types.