Care For a Growing Herb Garden

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Care For a Growing Herb Garden

When people mention herb gardens, the first images that come to mind are that of a growing herb garden. Most people instantly see the already growing rows of herbs and the dishes that can be cooked with the herbs. They skip all the images of work and love that goes behind the scenes of a growing herb garden, and trust that there is a considerable amount of work and love that goes into it.

What’s more difficult? Planting or growing? It’s a common debate among gardeners and farmers. Planting being the process before any harvesting or growth can take or has taken place, and growing being the process of tending to the plants and making sure they stay healthy in order to harvest. The answer to the question usually depends on the kind of plant, vegetable, or fruit you are trying to grow. The great thing about herbs, though is that both these stages are pretty easy.

Planting has to do with preparing the herb seeds, preparing the soil, and putting the seeds in. Herb seeds have to be dry, usually dried the year before at the end of that years planting season. Soil on the other hand is preferably rich and fertile, though not necessarily because it is usually treated with fertilizer or compost and mulch. After the planting, waiting for germination, and seeing your first sprouts come up it’s time to learn to tend to the plants themselves.

A growing herb garden is easy for most people to care for. Giving your herbs a lot of sunlight, about six to eight hours a day is what most herbs want. Some herbs grow better in partial shade, but more often than not, they can take the sun. What’s important is that they are watered often enough to keep the soil around the main stalk moist. Like other plants, herbs do not like being over-watered. They like a moist to slightly dry atmosphere.

Plants are being over-watered when their leaves suddenly turn dark. Most herb plants will show signs of lack of water by turning their leaves brown. Yellow leaves usually means weeds are in the area and the nutrients of the soil are being taken by the weeds. Pay attention to the growing herb garden and check on the condition of the plant’s leaves. You always want a nice and healthy green, or purple for purple basil, and other colors depending on what’s specific to the plant.

Weeding your growing herb garden is also very important. Weeds are unwelcome anywhere, and your herbs will feel the pain of having them around. Be sure to tend to the weed issue as soon as it arises, picking out the babies before they’ve had time to take root. That way all the soil’s natural goodness will go straight to your growing herb garden.

So all you need to remember is water, sun, and weeds. Isn’t that easy?

Learn more about herb gardening and how to care for your garden herbs. Check out these useful articles and tips that take you through the steps of starting Your Own Herb Garden and how to maintain your garden herbs!

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  • Seymour Mortenson

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