There are several reasons why growing herb gardens are becoming so trendy. Fortunately, nurturing and preparing them are not as hard as it may first appear to be.
The great thing about growing herb gardens is the flexibility it brings. People think of gardens as huge outdoor plots filled to the brim with all sorts of flowers, herbs and plants. However, you can make one yourself indoors. An area as small as 4 x 6 ft will do just fine. Even better, you do not have to be a gourmet chef to appreciate herbs, because their aroma will do wonders for your room or garden.
Regardless of whether you plan on growing herb gardens indoor or outdoor, some of the most popular are sweet basil (the dark opal variant is particularly striking), the borage (great for adding flavorings to salads), chervil, chives, lavender, marjoram, mint, savory and thyme.
If you are intending on growing herb gardens outdoors, you might want to consider the different kinds of herbs. Some of the most decorative herbs, besides the basil, are the rosemary, lavender, and valerian. If you want to cultivate them for ornamental purposes, you may want to add as many of these as possible.
Another way that you may arrange your growing herb gardens is by the types (annuals, biennials, or perennials), or it may be by category (medicinal, culinary or aromatic). Using the right kind of pots is also essential; the larger the pots, the more you will be able to put into one, but it comes at the cost of reduced mobility. If you plant at the ground directly, you will want to make sure each is allocated with enough space for full growth and to make digging easier in case you need to relocate one or two.
Before you start growing herb gardens, you should also scrutinize the soil and the drainage system of your garden. This is very important as the blossoming of the garden is entirely dependent upon these two factors. If you want to create one indoors, be certain that the spot will provide it with sufficient sunlight or fluorescent lights.
If you are not yet into growing herb gardens, now is as good a time to get into them as any. Not only do they add fragrance into your home, but you can also add great flavors to your meals. Last but not the least you will benefit from their medicinal properties.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 11:40:16.