Because of their many uses, a lot of people are curious to learn how to start growing herbs. There are several things that you will have to mull over first, and doing so will help you make quicker progress.
The initial step to discovering how to start growing herbs is to know what kind of herbs you want to grow and plant and for what reason. For those interested in having a fresh supply of garnishing, you will want to buy seeds or full grown herbs of mint, rosemary, ginger, thyme, oregano, chili, cilantro among others. Most of these plants are perennials, so you can cluster them together and harvest at roughly the same time.
For those who want to nurture herbs for medication, Passion Flower, Chamomile, licorice, palmetto, reishi and others will be of help. Keep in mind that aside from learning how to start growing herbs, those with medicinal properties will require additional research so that you will know which ones act as remedy for which illness.
Once you have decided on what you want to plant, the next step in knowing how to start growing herbs will be the methodology. You can either grow them organically (without using any chemicals or pesticides), or the usual way. Which one you choose will be a matter of personal preference, although again, research will be important, particularly in choosing which chemical substances to use.
Finally, you need to go over the basics of actually planting and growing them. These include selecting the right soil and mix (some herbs need different types of soil mixes, although most will do well with low fertility and the light sand combination), draining systems, pots and containers. After you have gone through this, you may now start to plant them.
Those interested in understanding how to start growing herbs will also ask which ones should be grown indoors or outdoors. The answer is that almost all of the herbs that can be planted outside will also grow inside. As long as you make the provisions for sunlight and water, there should be little problem. As they start to grow, remember to trim it regularly.
The steps needed in learning how to start growing herbs are not hard to follow, and once they have been implemented you can rest assured have a garden where you can get the spices you need for food, medication or even sell them and make some money.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 10:36:23.