There are still those who harbor the thought that growing a herb garden is a complex task, and that you need to have several hours of free time to get them to grow. That is really not the case at all.
The truth is that growing a herb garden is easier that trying to cultivate flowers and other plants. The reason is that unlike other flowers that need an assortment of fertilizers and food, herbs need less maintenance. For example, you do not need to buy expensive and high grade pots. In most cases, any container that can hold soil and seeds will do. Just make sure that you can make holes there that can serve as drainage.
Growing a herb garden starts with either seeds or starters. For those new to herb culturing, starters are the better option as they grow much faster. Of course the type of starter you use will have an impact on how quickly –and how well- the plant grows. Besides obtaining low fertility soil, try not to put too much water there; herb plants do not need a lot, except when the weather is exceedingly hot.
As you begin growing a herb garden, you should learn how to perform cuttings on the herbs. As the plant grows, you can just slice off a piece along its side, and then plant it in good quality soil. Pick a spot that will receive plenty of sunlight, and you should see it grow as healthy as the first one.
If you are growing a herb garden to help you cook, the time for using them as spices will be important. In most cases, the flavors from herbs come out just before the flowers start coming out. The exact date will vary, but this information is easily obtainable, either from the package where the seed is stored or from the Web.
Some like growing a herb garden as a hobby, and others do so to start a business. The latter is something you may or may not want to get into, but if you feel the inclination to do so, you should at least have a few years experience so that you already know the nuances involved with producing high quality herbs.
Growing a herb garden, true, can be left to a professional gardener, but where is the fun in that? As the facts have demonstrated, the process is straightforward, and everyone, including newbies, can turn that plot of land into a haven for herbs.
Originally posted 2009-07-12 12:02:04.