The quality of the plants that appear in your garden will depend entirely on how much information on growing herbs you know. If you are among those that have no idea how to begin, here are a few suggestions on where to get the facts.
The first option for getting information on growing herbs will be the Internet. While the Net can be, and is, a valuable resource, offering free information on virtually every type of herb out there, it can also be difficult to use because of sheer info overload. The best way to avoid this predicament is to decide beforehand just what kind of herbs you want to plant.
For example, let’s say you want to produce spices and garnishing. Think about the recipes that you cook often (or want to try cooking). Next list down the garnishing used there, and go online. Now you can limit your search for information on growing herbs to only a few ones, i.e., basil, cilantro and ginger.
Besides websites, another place on the Internet where you can get information on growing herbs are the forums. In many cases this is even better because you can interact; you can ask questions on specific issues. Instead of looking through hundreds of web pages for info on what kind of soil to use for planting basil, you can post the question and wait for the reply.
The time will come when you start looking not just for information on growing herbs, but also designing a garden, be it indoor or outdoors. There are several books devoted to the subject you can buy, or you can check out the websites dedicated to the subject. Of course, you need to examine your garden so that you will be able to draw up realistic designs.
It should be pointed out that if you are going to plant herbs for medicinal purposes, or going to sell them, the same research suggestions stated above will also work. However, if you are going to use the medicinal herbs yourself, or sell them, you should be more diligent in your research, and check the health department for a list of approved and tested herbal products.
No matter how much money or time you spend, the lack of information on growing herbs will render the whole process useless. But by knowing the places where you can get the facts, you will be able to nurture the plants correctly.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 10:34:54.