How to Succeed With Your Herb Garden

When the urge to "grow your own" strikes - and it does for many people in the spring - one of the best types of gardening you can do is herb gardening. If you decide to plant an herb garden, you have many different options as to how to proceed. Not only is the act of gardening enjoyable and relaxing, you will reap a harvest of fresh, fragrant herbs to use in your cooking and for natural herbal teas. Even though it's not difficult to start an herb garden, there are a few points you should keep in mind, and we'll be discussing these in this article.

If you are going to have your own herb garden, one of the most important things you need to decide is which herbs you actually want to grow. With so many to choose from, it's better for you to begin with a plan. It's good to make a list of herbs that you'd like to have on hand, maybe to use in the cooking that you do. From here you need to learn about each herb's needs as well as which ones will grow best in your climate and with the space you have available. Try to choose the herbs that have the same needs for sun, water and how much space they really need. If you want herbs that are useful for cooking, some good ones to start with include basil, fennel, garlic, mint, parsley and rosemary, to name just a few. If you are a tea drinker, you might want to begin with a tea herb garden. This will be made up of any herbs that can be used to make tea and there are so many of those. A lot of teas taste great and have medicinal properties and growing your own herbs for them isn't just satisfying, it's a great way to save some money. If you are a tea drinker, it can be incredibly expensive to keep your cupboard stocked with different kinds of teas but growing the herbs yourself is a much cheaper route. You can have a garden anywhere in size from a couple of containers that you keep on the sills of your windows to a fully sized herb garden for tea. It all comes down to the amount of space you've got and how ambitious you are feeling. Do a little bit of research into which kinds of herbal teas you want to have on hand and then plant some seeds.

Every gardeners has to consider the problem of pests. You may have to fight the little insects that can leach the life out of your plants, or the larger critters that love to eat the fresh, tender herbs. A good method to help protect your herbs is by planting a few of the herbs that are abhorrent to insects. One good example is wormwood. It can be used to keep away moths, worms, slugs, and flies. Parsley and basil are great for keeping the aphids away from your herbs. If you keep these herbs interspersed around your herbs, it will help you control insects. To keep out larger animals, including possibly your own pets, you may need to put a fence around your garden. Dogs, cats, deer, rabbits and many other animals can destroy your hard work very quickly if you don't have a way to keep your herbs safe. There is nothing more delightful than fresh cut herbs straight from your own garden. So, whether you want to grow your own herbs because it's a fun thing to do, or to enhance your cooking, it just plain makes sense. Growing herbs is easy and you can do it with a minimum amount of space, even if you just grow one pot of thyme or basil or oregano. There is really no reason not to have your own fresh herbs growing at your fingertips. Follow these simple steps and tips and, with very little work on your part, you can be enjoying your own freshly grown herbs.

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