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How to Start a Herb Garden

Whether you’re a chef / cook that swears by using fresh herbs or you’re just experimenting with gardening for the first time, starting an herb garden is an excellent way to spend some time.  One of the great things about herb gardens is that they can be either very small or fairly large; it really depends on what you need and what your space limitations are.  Some people like to have one right out in their backyard, while others are more content to have a little system set up inside their home.

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Before you even start thinking about your exact setup you’re going to need to choose your herbs first.  In most cases (especially for first time growers) people will simply choose a seed combination pack from their local home improvement store; you know, a pre-defined set of assorted herbs which are meant to grow well in your particular climate.  Here are some herbs to consider:

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Chamomile
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Marjoram
  • Parsley
  • Sage
  • Thyme

People who have cooking experience will notice straight away that these are common herbs which are used in many recipes.  In other words, one should plant herbs that they plan on pairing with specific recipes, so plan in advance.

In most cases, it’s probably best to simply buy plastic planters (trays which feature little compartments for the soil and plant) to grow your herbs in.  Not only does this allow you to keep your herb garden fairly mobile, it also makes it easier to keep track of your watering schedule, etc…  Some individuals will actually go “all-out” and purchase a self-watering system for their herbs; if you can afford such a system, go for it, but it’s not absolutely necessary.

When planting, remember to take a look at the directions on the side of the seed packet.  In most cases you only need to plant one or two seeds at a time, so don’t overdo it.  Also, your seeds might have come with some type of starting mix, if so, remember to include it when planting.  Once you’ve planted your seeds, add water to each little compartment.

It’s probably best to keep your herbs covered for quite some time until you begin to see sprouts emerging from the soil.  All you really need is some type of plastic covering that’s translucent.  Remember to place your seedlings in a place where they can get plenty of sunlight.

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