The Right Plan For Planting A Garden Full Of HerbsOne of the most popular types of garden is the herb garden, and this is something you can start almost anywhere. Herbs are used for a variety of reasons, ranging from adding flavor when cooking, aroma and its restorative powers; with hundreds of types to choose from. When you grow herbs, your selection should be based on what you will be using them for and the type of weather you experience in your area. In this article, we will be giving you a few ideas that could enhance your herb growing experience.
Many herbs are perennials and this can be a big advantage to the first-time herb gardener. Perennials are basically permanent plants and won't have to be replanted from season to season. Some good perennial herbs that are great for tea include lemongrass and many of the mints. A few perennial herbs would be a good choice when you are starting a new herb garden. You can add more each season to build your garden without having a lot of maintenance to deal with. You will also find herbs that are annuals. These herbs are only good for one season and then you must start over again the next season. Some of the favorite annual herbs are dill (for those dill pickles!), summer savory, and for a relaxing tea - chamomile. Keep track of which of your herbs are annuals and which are perennials. You can plant just one classification, if you prefer, or a combination. A lot of us aren't able to have an outdoors herb garden. Luckily, an indoor herbal garden has a lot of options for you to take advantage of. Having an indoor herb garden can be convenient, as you'll have your plants nearby if you want to use any of them when you're cooking. The best place to keep your herbs is usually a windowsill that gets plenty of sunlight. The alternative - if you do't have a sunny spot - is to select your herbs from among those that don't need a lot of sun and buy some artificial lighting. Of course, if you are keeping your herb garden inside, you will have to lug home a sack of potting soil. The benefit of this is that you will know that the soil you are starting your plants in is actually good for them.
The problem of pests surfaces for just about everyone who has a garden - indoors or outdoors. There are the little insects that are annoying, and there are bigger pests who just want to have your herbs for dinner. A good method to help protect your herbs is by planting a few of the herbs that are abhorrent to insects. Thyme is great for repelling cabbage root fly, carrot fly, and the bean beetle. Lavender also repels many types of pests. Insects will be less of a problem if you include these natural insect repellent herbs in your garden. You can find many more if you search online. To keep out larger animals, including possibly your own pets, you may need to put a fence around your garden. The larger "critters" have been known to totally destroy an herb garden in one rampage. This is why you must ensure that they cannot gain access to your garden.
Now that we've looked at some of the ways you can benefit from herb gardening and a few useful tips to get started, there's nothing to stop you. No matter what method you choose to start your herb garden - a pre-seeded kit or sowing directly into your garden - you will find herb gardening a simple pleasure and the herbs an added bonus to your culinary efforts.