Growing An Herb Garden
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Have you ever thought of growing an herb garden?
You're not alone! The number one section on this website since it began has been the pages on growing herb gardens.

So if you're here to find out how you can get started growing herbs in your yard, that's what this is about.

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Before you begin

Some questions to ask yourself before growing an herb garden:

  • How much experience do I have with a garden?

Even though herbs are the easiest of the edible plants to grow, starting small and then expanding from success -- even if you start with only one plant -- is much better than planning a huge garden that you end up not taking care of properly.

  • How much time do I have for maintenance? 

This is not an issue if you're having a company do your garden maintenance (insist that they not use chemicals!) but if you do your own gardening, larger gardens will take more work.

  • How much space do I have to spare?

Obviously, you're not going to recreate the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in a 10 by 10 backyard. But you can get a lot of herbs into a small space!
Vertical and container herb gardens are particularly good ways to make use of tiny or otherwise wasted areas.

My parsley loves being in the shade
  • What is my climate like?

Many herbs love wet cool areas (like parsley) while others love it hot and dry (like lavender).

Pick the herbs that love your area -- at least for some of the year -- because happy plants will look their best.

  • What herbs do I use right now?

Start with a list of what you like to cook, or what you'd like to learn to cook.

Begin with the herbs you will use most often.

Investigate each herb -- learn its final size and its needs, and make sure that those needs match your soil and climate.

The ones that don't? You can put those into pots with the soil they like, and bring them inside when the weather is too harsh for them.

Placement of your herb garden

Pick an area that gets at least 5 hours of full sun a day for most herbs (six to eight is better, ten is best) with good drainage.

Some herbs that prefer cool and wet weather (such as parsley) will do better in partial shade if you have hot summers.

Try not to plant the herbs that you have to dig up (such as garlic and onion) right next to those you don't have to dig up (such as the perennial herbs thyme and lavender), so you don't disturb the roots of your stationary plants.

Keep your herb garden as close to the house as you can, especially if you're going to use your herbs often in cooking. This will make the garden easier to take care of. You'll also use those particular herbs more.

For example, I have my main herb garden right outside my front door, around my front porch. This makes it easy to step outside and get the rosemary, basil, sage, parsley, and lavender that I love to cook with.

As some grumps like to mention when they learn about my website, you don't need a special design to grow food. But if you would like to learn how to design a herb garden, click here for the basics.

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