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How to Start Growing Your Herb Garden

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By Lee Thomas,
Hanging Herbs

Herbs are one of the best plants to grow when you have a nice bit of sunshine to enjoy. With some nice soil as well as the right amount of irrigation you can do wonders with herbs, but you will need to be ready for all that gardening and potential landscaping changes as well.

Planting them in your garden or in pots will be a great solution either way. The most important thing you have to keep in mind when you work on growing herbs is to place them in the right area so they can see enough light in the process and better overall environment.

If you have hot summers, then you will need to position them so they can see morning sunlight and afternoon shade to avoid getting scorched. The following examples will give you some useful pointers you can have fun with:

Preparing Your Soil

The first step you need to take is to prepare the soil you have for your new plants and herbs. A gardening fork used for digging will help make the soil loose so it will be pliable and fun to work with.

Digging in will ensure you have a soil that is easier to drain and water will reach the roots of the herbs when needed instead of it becoming a problem. This is one of the most important steps you will need to undertake, so avoid the issue of having untilled soil by working on it early on.

Edible Herb Garden
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Keeping the Plants Healthy

The final steps to ensure you have a great looking and strong garden with useful healthy plants is to ensure you have good irrigation over what you call your garden. Most of the herbs will be alright when they are watered as soon as the soil dries up a few inches under the surface.

Temperature and humidity will vary so you will need to avoid overwatering it in the process. If you have soil that is way too soggy then you will have a much harder time growing everything you need.

Harvesting Your Plants

Harvesting can be one of the fairly easy tasks, but you will need to cut about a third of the branches when the plant is reaching maturity and a height of about 8 inches. Cutting these will help the plants grow anew with more power, so you don’t need to worry about doing it.

Some plants such as parsley will grow new leaves from the center, which means you will need to remove the old plants entirely.

Fresh Herbs on a Chopping Board
 

Growing Herbs Inside Containers

Herbs will be easier to grow than a lot of other plants, so keep them in a warm place and a sunny location that allows you to make a mini garden for all purposes. Growing your plants in containers is a great solution to ensuring you have the gardening plot you need without going too far. Get started on the job today and you will have zero issues in the long run.

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