Another beautiful spring has sprung and you’re probably seeing all of the wonderful plants making their way into people’s gardens. For the beginner gardener, it can feel like having a garden of your own is a fantasy or an impossibility. You may wonder where to go to get started or how you will be able to start a project without getting overwhelmed. For the beginner gardener, a great place to begin tending to your own plants is with a simple herb garden. You will find that they don’t take much effort to grow, they help you to relax, and yet you will not have to spend much on supplies to start. This is a great project for those of us who have never had a garden before. You can take your herbs and stir them into soups, use them to flavor oils, or blend them into special cosmetics. The beauty of all of this is that you can appreciate the value of a job well done without having to break your back in the garden all summer. Here are some tips for starting your own herb garden.
Choose Simple Herbs
When you are starting your garden, steer away from plants that are too complicated to grow. When you get your skills going a little more strongly, then you can graduate into working on plants that require a little more skill. Great starter herbs include basil, parsley or mint.(A little tip…if you are just starting out…purchase your Herbs at a Nursery of reputable store…starting from seeds is something you can try as you get more familiar with the whole Herb Gardening Process) All of these herbs have amazing versatile flavors that you can incorporate into your everyday cooking to bring them a brand new flavor. Don’t be afraid to look up new recipes that specifically work around the herb. Keeping it simple will allow you to have enough of a crop in order to use them regularly because your plant isn’t going to die.
Grow Them Inside
If you aren’t the outdoor type but you still enjoy being able to work on your plant growing skills, you’ll be glad to know that you can actually grow herbs indoors. Unlike some flowers, as long as they are receiving the proper amount of water and sunlight, you can grow your herbs in the house like regular house plants. Be certain to keep them in a sunny kitchen window where you can pluck them fresh and toss them right into a pot.
Always Grow Your Mint In A Container
If you are growing your herbs outside, a word of caution: Always grow your mind in a container. I know it seems like overkill to give this its own paragraph, but it cannot be stated strongly enough. If you aren’t opposed to the idea of your entire garden being taken over by mint, don’t heed my warning, but if you are, make sure to always grow your mint in a separate container. This will keep your garden from being overtaken by the herb.
Your garden is going to bring you so much joy this summer. Take the time to work towards your goals of becoming really proficient with plants. As you begin to grow confidence from growing herbs, you’ll be ready to move on to the next thing.
Here are a few helpful Beginner Herb Gardening Tips:
- Basil – Loves full sun and moist soil. Best to plant in the warm, bright summer months.
- Rosemary – Likes it hot and dry. Be careful not to overwater. Great herb to grow because you don’t need a lot at one time for cooking.
- Oregano – Needs a lot of sunlight. Be careful not to overwater, as it doesn’t like wet soil.
- Mint – Needs it’s own pot as it’s invasive. Loves full sun and plenty of water.
- Chives – They do best in full sun (but can tolerate some shade). Water frequently and keep moist (as long as there is proper drainage)
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