Creating a herb garden is the ideal activity for a Sunday afternoon. It’s fun, doesn’t take too much time make and looks (and tastes) great.
If you love to cook, love experimenting with new recipes and flavours and love the taste of fresh herbs, then creating your own herb garden is an excellent idea.
Herbs are amazing, they can add so much flavour and variety to your foods – for any foodie, fresh herbs are essential. One of the best things about planting your own herb garden, aside from the fact that you will always have fresh herbs, is that growing herbs is a lot cheaper than buying them.
For our top tips for creating your own herb garden, have a read of this.
Choose a sunny spot that drains easily
Most herbs love being in the sun but hate getting too wet, so a sunny spot with adequate drainage is perfect for a herb garden. For ease of access, make sure to create your herb garden as close to the kitchen as possible.
Use good quality soil
While herbs can survive in a wide variety of soil types, to help your herb garden thrive, it is best to use nutrient-rich, fertile soil. If you are lucky enough to have a garden that has rich soil, then this is not a problem. However, if you are not so lucky, you can always invest in some grow bags for your herbs.
What’s best: a raise or natural herb garden?
As long as it is in the right place, then whether you choose to plant your herb garden in pots, a large wooden crate or in a flowerbed, will make little difference.
However, it is advisable to plant mint in a separate flower pot or container, as it has a tendency to overtake everything, including the entire garden. Any other herbs can all be planted together in one pot, or in a few separate containers, it is completely up to you.
Keep your herbs through the winter
If you decide that you want to keep your herb garden alive through the colder winter months, there are some options you can look into.
If a frost hits, you will lose basil, thyme and sage if left outside. To keep your herbs healthy during the winter months, you can bring them inside and place on a sunny windowsill. Or, alternatively, you could keep them in a greenhouse or a shed with Hyrdo Grow lighting to keep them warm.
If you plan on keeping your herb garden alive through the winter, make sure to plant it in easily movable pots and containers. So, that when it gets colder you can move your herbs to their winter home.
Don’t over fertilize your herbs
While it is important to keep your herbs healthy, over fertilizing them will lead to too much foliage being produced and a lack of flavour.
Fertilizing your herbs once or twice a month should be more than enough to keep them healthy and full of flavour. Just make sure to use a good-quality fertilizer.