You can always enjoy a beautiful plant but there is nothing quite like growing your own herb garden. Herbs can be used for spicing up dishes, making medicine and creating your own beauty products. You get to enjoy the fruits of your labor when you properly care for your herb garden. There are a few things you should know to care for your herb garden to reap the most rewards from its growth!
Start your herb garden indoors in pots or grow bags before planting outside. Keeping them indoors after they have germinated and sprouted will give you more control over how much they grow. It will allow you to determine the amount of sunlight needed. Additionally, you will be able to keep a closer eye by observing their growth pattern. Some herbs may not do well next to certain other herbs. You won’t have to worry about this if they are grown in individual pots or bags.
Herbs need plenty of water. Most herbs need to be frequently watered. Herbs in containers need water more often than outdoor herbs. They have a tendency to dry out more easily.
Check your herbs once every week to remove weeds. The smaller the weeds the better. They are easier to remove when they are smaller. Herbs covered in weed growth will not receive the proper amount of water or nutrients.
Pruning your herbs by trimming their leaves and parts of their stems will keep your herbs healthy and prolong their life cycle. Herbs that are not pruned will go back to seed faster than pruned herbs. If they go back to seed, this will decrease their production time. This means less fresh herbs for you to enjoy as regularly. Pruning keeps our herbs thick and abundant. Cutting them back prevents mildew and allows you to spot if there are any insect problems. Sometimes you are required to prune your plants even when their leaves aren’t ready or needed for harvest.
Harvesting is similar to pruning but the goals are different. In general, do not cut more than ⅓ of the stem’s length. Some exceptions are chives and lavender. They require being harvested at ground level. It is best to harvest herbs early in the day before the sun becomes too strong and bakes their essential oils. If you want the herbs seed, allow them to mature and start to become brown before gathering the seeds head. For leaves, it is best to harvest when the flowers start to form.
Very little fertilizer is needed for herbs. In fact, fertilizing your herbs can cause excess leaf growth. If you want, you can use an organic fertilizer like compost for the whole season.
Like most plants, herbs have a growing season. They may need to be brought indoors and pruned at specific times of the year. Herbs are some of the most desired plants to grow because of their many uses. Their beauty, scents and many purposes make herbs some of the most rewarding plants to care for!