While growing herbs in garden can be easy, you need to bear in mind that not all of them can adapt to growing situations. Here we will look at some pointers that you need to look into when planning to start your own herb garden.
The first thing you need to know about growing herbs in garden is that some herbs grow best in the dry season than others. Sage, Wormwoods, Lambs Ear, and other “silver” herbs can adapt to dryer conditions than other herbs.
There are other herbs that can grow even with more water. The mint class of herbs can grow in damp soils. However, the soil needs to have good drainage so that they are not immersed in water constantly. Mints likewise adapt to darker conditions than other herbs.
Basil requires more water and becomes toasted when the soil is dry especially during summer. They are not suitable for planting in baskets if they tolerate the drought especially if you are not cautious in watering your herbs.
Many people believe that an abundant soil is needed in growing herbs in garden but this is not applicable to other herbs. In fact, an overabundant soil lessens the flavor created by the herbs.
Another thing that you need to bear in mind about growing herbs in garden is the fact that herbs are not totally free from pests. Despite all the information that you may receive, herbs are still prone to pests especially if you grow them in pots. Common pests include aphids, powdery mildew, mealy bugs, and spider mites. White flies are occasional visitors of your herbs. With the exception of the white fly, all other pests can be controlled using insecticidal soap.
The best method of protecting your herbs from these pests is to always make sure to rinse the plants when you bring them indoors.
In addition, herbs such as marshmallow, hollyhocks, and hops can grow tall. If you do not have sufficient space in your garden, then do not plant them. It can be annoying when you cannot enter your garden without using a machete.
Finally, if you are in doubt about the size of your herbs when they are fully grown, you can check out books or guides on growing herbs in garden. Of course, you would not want to cultivate a plant that grows ten times larger than what is expected.
In short, when growing herbs in garden, you need to consider their water, soil, space and height requirements. This way, you would greatly benefit from growing the herbs.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:02:36.