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Herb garden step by step

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A herb garden can be started both at home and in the garden. The herbs you grow don’t need much care – just regular watering and weeding.

The herb garden

Having an herb garden is a practical solution, you can always have fresh herbs on hand, which are a natural addition to many dishes. A garden of your own will be a lot of fun for the gardener, whether it is done in a bed or in the form of pots.

Potted herb garden

A home herb garden in pots is a very aesthetic and functional solution. Fresh herbs in pots look beautiful and smell wonderful, they are also a great addition to various dishes.

Growing herbs in pots in a few steps

Pot depth

The most important thing in growing herbs in pots is a sunny place. Therefore, the best place to grow them is on the kitchen windowsill. The depth of the pot is important for the cultivation of herbs and should not be more than 20 cm. Too deep will cause the root system to grow too large. There should be holes in each pot through which excess water can flow out freely. When growing domestic herbs don’t forget about proper drainage. Herbs’ roots can’t be in constant contact with water or they will rot and wilt.

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Sowing seeds

The ideal time to sow seeds is early March. Herbs grown in pots should be sown into all-purpose soil or soil designed for vegetables. Herbs grown from seeds are more resistant to external factors than ready-made seedlings available, for example, in discount stores.

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Cultivating herbs in the home garden

Preparing the ground

Preparations for growing herbs in the garden should begin in autumn a year earlier. The soil should be dug to a depth of min. 25 cm and leave it for the winter. This way more water will be stored in it and some pests will die out. In autumn it is also advisable to fertilize the soil with a suitable fertilizer or compost. Most herbs grow best in a sunny location. In early spring, dig the soil again, marking out the places where the herbs will be sown.

Sowing herbs properly

When sowing herbs, remember that herbs that grow tallest should be sown in the center of the bed. When sowing, follow the final height of the plants, gradually reducing it to the end of the bed. It is also a good idea to sow them in several groups of one species. Fast-growing herbs should be left with plenty of open space. Such include:

  • Mint,
  • Oregano,
  • Sage.

Fast-growing herbs should not be sown next to slow-growing ones, which include:

  • Basil,
  • Marjoram,
  • Rosemary.

When to harvest herbs from the garden?

Most often herbs are picked on the go to use in dishes, the most nutritional value have the leaves before flowering. The most flavorful are those harvested by noon. The harvest of seed herbs, such as dill and coriander, takes place in late July / early August.

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10 Herbs Worth Growing in Your Home Garden

  • Basil,
  • Lavender,
  • Rosemary,
  • Chives,
  • Marjoram
  • Mint,
  • Parsley,
  • Thyme,
  • Tarragon,
  • Lovage.
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