Growing herbs at home is both an easy and pleasurable activity, especially for those who are trying their hand at gardening for the first time. Most people generally associate herbs with the spices and flavoring that are used in preparing and cooking food. Herbs provide more than adding distinct tastes and flavors to food, they are also aromatics that tickle the sense of smell thus heightening the eating experience.
To start growing herbs at home, there are general considerations to take note of. The first consideration in growing herbs at home is the amount of light they receive. By the nature of herbs, they need sunlight to produce the oils that actually provide their distinct taste and aroma. The home herb garden should be located in an area that is exposed to sunlight for at least 6 hours each day. The ideal time for sun exposure of herbs is actually 8 hours for each day. So choose the part of the home that faces the sun the most time during the day when planning where to place the beds in the herb garden.
The next important consideration for growing herbs at home is the type of soil and drainage system. Generally, herbs grow well in a balanced garden soil that contains neither too much acid nor alkaline. There are herbs that prefer dry soil such as chives, lavender and rosemary but there are those that prefer moist soil such as basil, peppermint and spearmint. When growing herbs at home, homeowners may not have a choice with the soil that is present in their lot so they may need to prepare the soil by cultivating it prior to planting.
Growing herbs at home is also ideal because they thrive more or organic fertilizers which can come from a compost pit from the organic wastes at home. Moreover, it has been observed that herbs flourish better with moist soil which will be a by-product of proper drainage. It is ideal to elevate the herb beds from the soil to make way for proper drainage. Dill and fennel both need to have good drainage to grow healthy in the herb garden.
When starting an herb garden at home it may be more ideal to start from cuttings instead of using seeds. There are a lot of herbs that may be propagated using seeds. However, it may take some time for the germination process to take. There is also very little guarantee that they will take up the same characteristic of the established herb plant. So it may take a while for the herb garden to prosper.
Ideal candidates for growing herbs at home are bay, lavender, lemon, rosemary, oregano, peppermint, sage and thyme. These are the common herbs that we find in a lot of food recipes so they are versatile. For growing herbs at home, they also take the least effort to take care of since they propagate well by cutting, a balanced soil and a simple drainage system in the herb garden is enough.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:09:03.