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Herb Garden
Welcome to Herb Garden For Better Living, in this article you will find information on various types of herbs and herbal related things.
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  • The very thought of walking through a herb garden with the delicate scents wafting up with each step is amazing and is immensely healthy and best part is you can create your own fairy tale setting right at your place. Things to consider when planting a herb garden are:

  • 1. Location: The first thing to consider is location. Since most of these herbs in the garden are going to be used in the kitchen, choose a section in the yard close to the door. When the herbs are right within walking distance of the kitchen you are more likely to run out and pick a few to use. A sunny location is a good choice for your herb garden. One that gets partial shade in the afternoon is best. Herbs love the sun, but too much can make them wither or sprout up and go to seed quickly.

  • 2. Space: You do not need acres of land to have a good garden but you can have more than enough space for the most common herbs in a five foot square area. You must remember the fact that herbs tend to spread rapidly when growing. You can start out with five feet and within a few short months have the entire section full.

  • 3. Essential oils: Along with the proper growth are the essential oils that give the herbs their wonderful flavors and aromas. In the full sun, the plants are able to develop luscious green foliage and intense oils. The flavors will come bursting out when you use them in the kitchen.

  • 4. Soil: Most natural herbs were once weeds, and in some cases still considered as such, they will grow in almost any soil. You must remember that they are plants and as such must be treated accordingly. You should use a natural fertilizer if you can. The herbs like to have a more neutral type of soil. Just by adding some dead leaf compost and tilling it under when planting can make the herb garden grow better than ever. The better quality of the soil, the better your herb garden will grow. However, most herbs will grow anywhere. As a matter of fact, you may find they will grow right out of the nice bed you have prepared for them and into the lawn. There is an actual benefit to this; the smell is fantastic when you are mowing the lawn. Just walking past and brushing up against the fragrant leaves releases a wonderful aroma into the air. The soil should be light and loose. This can be as simple as a good potting soil. Once that is full of sticks and other debris may still hold contaminates. This is not a good potting soil to start the seeds in. you can use the soil for later use when potting the plants, but do not use it to start your seeds. Some people have had success with it and some have had major disappointment. It is always safer to just buy a good potting soil with no contaminates.

  • 5. Herb choice: The main problem many new gardeners face is what to plant and what to leave out. It is not advisable to try every herb all at once. The best thing is to choose four or five hardy varieties of a herb you that will be used in the kitchen. This will allow you to get started with the basics of growing a herb garden. Some of the more hardy varieties include basil, oregano, and mint. Most herbs are hardy enough to grow anywhere. There are some which are only going to grow in the more tropical climates. Check the hardiness zones of the plants you want to grow before you purchase them.

  • 6. Start gardening: When you finally decide on a sunny area for the garden, make sure it is tilled up smoothly. The rich dirt can be bolstered with nutrients if you like. A standard garden fertilizer is all you need. You can either start the plants in the house during the winter, six weeks before the last frost, or you can sow the seeds directly into the ground. You must make sure if you start the seeds in the house, the plants are hardy and can take being transplanted but some do not like to be moved once they have started growing. The ground must be warm and ready for growing. If you plant too soon the seeds will only rot and not germinate. This way there is no chance of the weather turning and having the seeds die. To start the seeds indoors, it is best to use gardening trays. You can mark each tray with the seed variety you have planted in them. This makes it easy to know which is which. At an early stage they will all look the same. The trays can be purchased in either a self watering variety or you can maintain a constant watering source for them. The herbs are not really hard to grow at all. You will want to use a sterile medium for starting seeds. The soil can be put into the trays for the seeds at about two inches deep. This will allow the new plants to generate a good rooting system. The plant's life is in its roots. You need to make sure the roots will be able to expand.

  • Watering of a new planting system should be a self-watering system. So that the soil does not dry out nor does it get moist. The moisture stays just right for the seeds to germinate. Cover the trays with some sort of lid. If your tray does not have a lid, make one out you can make one out of plastic wrap. Just make sure to remove the plastic once the plants start appearing for a few hours everyday for a couple of days. Do not thin the sprouts when the seeds start germinating.

  • There is no need to fertilize the young plants at this point. That will come soon enough. You can weed out the excess plants. Thin the plants to about two inches or more apart. The new plants require proper lighting and watering to make them grow. As they get bigger you will want to transplant them into containers so they can grow stronger for the outdoors. You will want the roots to be able to breathe and not drown. Proper drainage is necessary when you re-pot the plants, as well. Keep the pots a little on the small side. You want the plants to develop a good rooting system, but you want to force some growth up top as well.

  • As the plants mature you will want to weather them. When the weather is warm enough, you can take the new plants outside to soak up the bright sunlight. Just putting them straight into the garden without any gentle acclimation could cause the young plants to die. Once you have weathered the plants for about a week or so, you can start to transplant them into the garden. Select the spot where you want each herb to grow. To use herbs you must prune the plant. Pruning and clipping cuts down on the growth and spreading.

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