Growing an herb garden from seedlings is an efficient and cost-saving may of increasing the number of different kinds of herbs that you can grow. Some of the best kinds of seedlings are not common and cannot be bought in the market. Here we will look at the stages involved in growing herbs from seedlings.
When considering growing herbs from seedlings, the first thing you need to do is to determine what kind of herb you will grow. Go to botanical gardens to check if they have the plant that you intend to grow. Once there, you will be amazed with the amount of herbs that are available. Basil, for example, has 31 different species.
When you have determined the herb to grow, check if the plant can be grown from seeds. Most of them are perennials or small trees. You can buy your seeds and small plants from the botanical garden.
If you are just a beginner when it comes to growing herbs from seedlings, it can be quite daunting for you to find herbs that are grown from seeds so it is vital to plan ahead. Sage, parsley, chives, oregano, and basil are herbs that can be grown from seeds.
If you are just new to growing herbs from seedlings, you may want to start out small. You can buy plastic trays that comes with peat pots or “six packs” that already has soil and seed. Depending on the number of herbs you intend to grow, it might be worthwhile purchasing plastic domes to for maintaining humidity for your seeds and young plants.
Likewise, you may want to buy a sterile soil mix for your flats. A slow-release fertilizer will free you from worrying about the herbs until they are set out.
In addition, do not touch the flats overnight to allow the even distribution of moisture throughout the soil mix. The next day prepare the seed and start planting them in the individual cells of the flats. When growing herbs from seedlings, it is advisable to place only few seeds in every cell so that they would be equally distributed over the surface of the soil.
Do not forget to put the appropriate label on the flats. When the seeds have already been placed, cover the seeds with sterile soil mix with a depth not exceeding quarter inch. Press them gently with your fingers.
Growing herbs from seedlings requires that you take out the young plant to the herb garden when they show their real leaves and filling out their cells. Prepare your plant beds in advance. To do this, you can take them indoors during the night or cover them with sheets during the night.
At the end of it all, the leaves can be harvested at any time during the growing season. You can use them as garnishing for your dishes or any purpose for that matter. You can even dry the leaves so that it would remain fresh during winter.
Growing herbs from seedlings can be fun and rewarding. However, it requires your time and utmost care.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:22:19.