Saturday, February 9, 2019

Herb Gardening For Beginners : Tips For Growing Herbs


There is no better reward than walking into your garden and picking up your own fresh, homegrown herbs. They are easy to grow and can add lots of flavors to your recipes without adding calories. You can use them in soups, salads, smoothies, sauces, stews, and dips. Herbs are mostly sown in spring in 2-3 intervals. You can grow them from seed or buy a baby plant from nursery or supermarket. They don't need much care and attention. You just need to feed them with good soil and place it somewhere where it can get plenty of sunlight and air, and water it regularly.



7 simple tips for growing herbs in pots

Beginner's guide for growing herbs in pots



While setting a herb garden first think and ask yourself what all herbs you want to grow? What are the climatic conditions of your place? Do you want to grow these herbs in a pot, container, garden or you want to set up your deck, patio or balcony. If you a growing them indoors, you should be able to control the environment in terms of humidity, sunlight and temperature. If you are a beginner, i would suggest try growing herbs in pots or containers.



Mint is a perennial herb, it's very easy to grow and doesn't require much care and attention. I like to plant mint separately in pots as it's spread all over the place.


Tips for growing herbs 



1. What Herbs Should I Grow


Make a list of what all herbs you want to grow. Do you want to grow them for culinary or medicinal purposes or both? There are so many herbs to choose from. You can grow whatever works for you. The purpose is to grow your own food. Just be creative and do a bit of research while growing your favorite herb. Below is the list of some of my favorite herbs;

Annual

Basil, Holy Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Garlic, Carom and Parsley

Perennial

Mint, Oregano, Chives, Lemon Balm, Sage, Lavender, Ginger, Thyme and Rosemary


2. Find a suitable location for a herb garden


You don't always need a large space to begin. You can start planting your herbs in a smaller area as well. You will be surprise to see so much can be grown in smaller places as well but this hugely depends on your climate, weather and soil.

3. Pick the right containers and ensure the drainage


Pick the garden containers with drainage holes to keep the sufficient place for the roots when they grow. There are varieties of pots to choose from. They are made of terracotta, metal, clay etc. I prefer choosing clay pots as they help in drainage and tend to dry out quickly.

Most of the herbs like Basil, Cilantro, Lavender etc. grow well in containers but herbs like Mint, Lemon Balm should be planted separately in pots or garden as they bushy and spread all over.


4. Pair herbs in same planter or plant them individually


You can group as many as herbs in one big planter or in several other small pots. This of course depends, if your herbs enjoy the similar climatic conditions. So, be careful and pick out the plants with similar growing requirements to grow in the same planter.

For example, Parsley and Basil enjoy the similar growing requirements, they love more water, you can pair them together in a same planter whereas, Rosemary and Thyme likes it dry, so you need to keep them separate in other planters.


5. Planting


If you are growing the herbs from seedlings than remember to read the packet instructions carefully. It will tell you about how to sow the seeds. You can also choose to purchase young healthy plants from the nearest nursery store or supermarket and then transfer the entire plant into the container, making sure that the roots are well planted.


6. Feed your plants


Feed them with good soil and place it somewhere where it can get plenty of sunlight and air, and water it regularly.

Soil

Herbs can thrive in garden soil but I prefer to use organic potting soil mix while planting them in pots or containers. Avoid using soil from the outside as it may be contaminated.

Sunlight

While planning your herb garden, choose a location where the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. The herb plants needs plenty of sunlight so keep your plants in a sunny location to grow well. You need at-least 4 to 6 hours of good sunlight until your herbs are ready to harvest.

For example, herbs like Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender, Oregano, Dill and Garlic perform best in full sun, whereas, herbs like Parsley, Mint, Chives and Lemon Balm requires partial sunlight and requires shade.

Water

Provide them with plenty of fresh water but be careful not to over water them. Certain herbs like Oregano and Rosemary prefer well drained soil. And, some herbs like Mint and Parsley like more moisture.


7. Harvesting


Harvest your herbs on time to ensure fresh growth and prune your plants regularly to keep them growing well. Good pruning keeps the plant bushy, green and healthy.

Like in case of Basil or Mint plants, you need to pinch off the top set of 2-3 leaves, this encourages them to have a bushy growth.


So, what are your favorite herbs? Do you grow your herbs in containers or do you set up your deck, patio or your balcony garden. How do you use herbs in your recipes? There are varieties of recipes you can try with your favorite herbs. Have you tried our mint-cilantro dip recipe yet? It's a tangy and exciting combination of mint, cilantro and raw mango along with a kick of green chilli. It pairs well with salads, chips and taste great when spread on sandwich and wraps. You are going to love it!

I hope you've enjoyed our first post in herb-gardening series and are inspired to create one!
Happy Gardening!

22 comments:

  1. I’m definitely inspired! Thanks for sharing. It’s my goal this spring/summer to start gardening and this was lretty informative!

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  2. My sis lives in the countryside and grows tons of veg/herbs. I’d love to but the lack of garden doesn’t help. Maybe i should start small w/ herbs

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  3. Literally, I was just saying I wanted to grow herbs earlier. Thanks for the wonderful beginners guide to growing herbs!

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  4. I love this post, especially since I’m so bad at gardening. I have planted some herbs and wondered why they were not growing well, clearly I had it all wrong. I love having fresh herbs in my garden so will definitely keep your tips in mind for next time I grow them.

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  5. I have many herbs in my garden: rosemary, sage, basil, mint, licorice, oregano and thyme. It is very easy to cure them and allow you to always have fresh smells to use for a thousand different recipes.

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  6. So cool! Love how easily you broke down the steps to growing your own herbs. Such an amazing feeling creating food and reaping the health benefits.

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  7. We have been meaning to try this for years! I would love to have fresh herbs, thanks for the tips!

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  8. I tried to grow parsley but it wilted kind of quickly. I hadn't thought of trying to mix the seeds, but I believe I will give it a try now! I did manage to grow some small chilly peppers, so I hope I have better luck next time!

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  9. Sow seeds in abundance to be able to obtain proper harvests. Great tips, my friend

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  10. This was super helpful to me as a young adult! Thanks for sharing it~

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  11. This seems to be the complete list to follow. It will really save you from disaster. Definitely a well guided instruction for beginners.

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  12. Have been thinking of growing a herb garden for sometime, so it was great to come across your post. Thank you for the useful info and tips.

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  13. Thank you for these great tips, since changing to the Ketogenic lifestyle I have wanted to start a small herb garden. This will come in very handy!

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  14. Great tips! Maybe this year I will start growing some herbs!

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  15. I am terrible in growing plants! your tips are most welcome for a beginner like me

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  16. Great tips on growing your own herbs. I grow them all the time weather permitting. In a long run I save so much and it's so much fresher compare to shop bought herbs.

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  17. I have never tried growing herbs in pots. I have always wanted to. Thank you for sharing this informative post. Printing this post and will follow your lead. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. i would love one of those big pots for growing herbs. I always love the fresh herbs as opposed to the other types. they are always better. Thanks for the great ideas.

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  19. Herbs are always in my garden. I have mint growing to the point that it's wild on a hill side. It's amazing how much it likes to spread if you give it lots of room. I should put some in pots so I can use it fresh all year.

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  20. Great tips! I want to make a mini herb garden in my sunroom this year. Now I know which herbs to use.

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