From adding spice to food to acting as supplements to medicines, the number of people who have gotten into the art of herb growing have grown. For those with little gardening experience, here are the things that you should be aware of.
If the main reason you want to get into herb growing is for cooking, you should get seedlings for the herbs that are commonly used in recipes. Among them are rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and celery. A quick look into any search engine for “herbs used in cooking” will turn up the info you need. Cookbooks are another great source of information.
An important factor to consider when herb growing is that some of them blossom after a season and then expire (dill, chervil, summer savory etc),while others continue for a couple of seasons but only come into being at the second season (parsley is the classic example). The perennials on the other hand, are good for several seasons. These include winter savory, fennel, mint, majoram and more.
The other pertinent factor that will come into play when herb growing is whether to plant indoor or outdoors. If you don’t have a garden then indoor culturing is obviously the way to go. If you want to plant them in the garden, give some thought to the space you will need. A 20 x 4 ft area will be sufficient. It would also be a good idea to cluster the perennials together (as well as the annuals) so that attending to them will be easier.
When you get into herb growing, you must pay close attention to the soil and the drainage system. The ideal solution here is to dig up some soil (about two feet or so), and put in a couple of inches of crushed rocks. Next get the soil and fuse it with peat and sand. Now you can add the soil on top of the crushed material you put in.
If the soil is rich, there will be little need for a fertilizer. In fact, too much fertilizer can lower the quality of the herbs, resulting in the production of poorly flavored products.
You do not need a green thumb to get into herb growing. All you need is the willingness to learn, buy the necessary materials and of course, getting your hands dirty. Whatever time you invest here will be rewarded once you see the growth of your little garden.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:38:59.