Insider Tips For Growing Flavorful Herbs

Kitchen Gardening
// August 3, 2016
Growing Herbs

Having a fresh, beautiful and bountiful growth of herbs doesn’t just have aesthetic advantages for your garden, it can be quite useful in the kitchen too! After all, basil is an essential of Italian cuisine; thyme makes almost anything taste better, and chives have their unique flavor. So, it is clear that any and every home gardener would be lucky to have a thriving crop of herbs in their backyard or their windowsill.

herb garden

However, it isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially if you don’t know how to go about growing the most abundant herbs. You’ve got a wide variety of herbs to choose from, so knowing which ones to pick and what conditions to produce them in could end up being the difference between success and failure.

So, here are some well-kept tips on how to have the most luscious and breath-taking herb garden:

Tip 1: Urban herb gardens depend a lot on the kind of space and sunlight that they have available to them. Before you even get started, assess the situation and see what the prevalent conditions are. For example, sage, thyme, oregano and rue prefer rocky soils that are relatively dry.

growing herbs

Tip 2: Having the right gear for growing your herbs – that’s the best-kept secret about home gardening. You need the basics like pots, potting soil, correct seeds but you also need equipment like a sun calculator, a pH level calculator, compost for fertilizing, etc. to make sure no need arises without you having a solution.

indoor herb garden

Tip 3: Keep the harvest going because herbs are cut-and-come-again plants that ensure that your stocks are always sufficient. So, either take the leaves, pinch the nodes or crop from the lower levels to keep them sprouting.

potted herb plants

potted herb plants

Tip 4: Most people grow herbs in potted plants and keep them on windowsills or fire escapes. So, you need to keep two things in mind: (1) Water frequently so that the soil doesn’t dry out and get stale. 

growing herbs

(2) Ensure that your pots have drainage holes so that the soil doesn’t retain water and become a swamp.

herb garden pot

Tip 5: Prepare for pests because they will come! You can use a wire mesh, pesticides, plastic covering, cayenne pepper or just a basic rock blockade, whatever you think could work for your situation.

indoor herb garden

Tip 6: In the beginning, you almost undoubtedly will face some trouble and have your plant start withering on you. But don’t give up just yet, find out the cause and do your best to save your herb. For example, yellow leaves may mean not enough nitrogen or too much water and shrinking leaves may mean too little water.

potted herb plants

Tip 7 : When you’re just starting out, the smart thing is to start with some of the easier herbs because this plant family can get a little finicky. Basil, Chives, Scallions and Mint don’t need too much input from you after germination besides just a watchful eye. So, choose from among these and set yourself up for success!

indoor herb garden

Take these insider tips and grow the best possible herb garden you can. It is always worth the effort!

 

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