Herbs 101 – Creating a Mini Herb Garden For Beginners

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Herbs 101 – Creating a Mini Herb Garden For Beginners

How do you create a mini herb garden? And why should you make one? Many people assume that only those with large available spaces can plant and grow herbs. However, this is not true. Herbs can grow productively regardless if you plant them in garden soil or in a planter. If you are only starting to plant and want to begin your endeavor with herbs, a mini herb garden is perhaps the most ideal for you. With this kind of herb garden, the number of herbs you are growing isn’t overwhelming. A mini herb garden gives a beginner a chance to learn the ropes of growing herbs-which isn’t exactly hard to begin with.

When designing your garden, you have to consider the types of herbs you will plant. For beginners, there are three types of herbs you should get: herbs that are sturdy and strong, herbs with an appealing accent, and herbs that are for blending. Sage, rosemary, basil, mint, chives, and parsley are perfect for any beginner because they fulfill these traits. Later on, you can improve your mini herb garden by plating herbs according to their life span-in other words, choosing herbs if they are annuals, biennials, and perennials. Generally speaking, the type of herb you choose should be based on their life span classification. What these should affect, however, how to plant them and where. If you are planning to plant herbs for your mini herb garden according to particular usage, this should not affect you at all.

As mentioned earlier, you do not need to have a full size garden for your herbs. However, it is still necessary to give them ample space. Herbs should at least have an individual 12-inch plot space. For this design a six inch pot is enough for one herb.

If you are planning to plant more than herb per pot, however, the container should be bigger. Herbs can be planted alongside vegetables, but it is better if they are given individual space. Be sure to protect them from any pests and animals that feed on plants.

Remember that drainage is important. Herbs do not need too much water. What they need is dry soil, so make sure the water can be drained properly regardless if the herb is planted on a patch of land or a pot. The soil doesn’t need to be fertile, but you will need to use sufficient amounts of fertilizer.

Herbs can be harvested any time of the year. In fact, it is best if herbs are harvested and used regularly since this can actually promote their growth. However, you will have to wait until the herbs in your mini herb garden have fully grown before you can harvest or use the herbs.

Building a mini herb garden is easy, and the benefits the garden can give you is worth all the effort you put into working on the mini herb garden.

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