If you want to start an herb garden but don’t have an outdoor space big enough to hold it, then why not turn an outdoor space into a garden for herbs. When planted correctly, they can thrive and even produce herbs to use in your cooking.
In order to begin herb gardening, you first have to decide what herb plants you want to grow. Take into account which herbs you use most especially if you are a beginner because it’s recommended to use beginner herbs that are easier to take care of and use. Also take into account the climate and soil type of the area that you are choosing to plant your herbs in.
Next thing you have to do is start getting your outdoor space ready for planting. If you live in a very cold environment then you have to keep your herbs in protected areas. This can be done by covering your herbs with tarpaulins or old blankets to keep the weather out, or you can put them in a shed or barn. This is not necessary if you live in a hot climate.
You then have to remove any non essential plants to where it will not be damaged by the elements. You then need to dig up your garden space to where it will not be damaged by the elements. For a small space like a patio, this can be done by excavating and removing the existing soil. The patio garden space needs to be large enough to plant your herbs comfortably and the space needs to have enough drainage. For this reason, there should be a small break in the landscaping such as by a small wall or a pond. You will need to install drain holes in the ground so that the water will not collect on the herbs and flow away from you.
Once your space is ready, then you can plant your herbs. You can choose to plant the bigger herbs such as Basil and Marigolds together or even mixed with vegetables or flowers. There are herbs that are used for cooking such as Mint and Meat. The herbs that are used for both cooking and scent purposes are quite popular such as Thyme, Lavender, and Oregano. There are also herbs that have been used for both cooking and scent purposes but have lesser amounts of flavor such as Mint, Chives, Rosemary, and Tarragon. It is important to note that the seeds from culinary herbs can be used to brew and preserve your own infusion for culinary use. So this is also a benefit of planting these herbs. If you use the fragrance herb from cooking, it will make your cooking smell great and you will be able to tell the difference when you are using an aroma herb and the scent one.
Now let’s talk about growing herb gardens and whether you can use some of the herbs that are useful for some reason, but you probably never have used them before. For example, I am sure you have used Rosemary in your cooking. Rosemary is one herb that you cannot grow. You cannot grow a ornamental Rosemary or a culinary Rosemary. It is a herb that produces lots of seed. So in short, they don’t grow that easily. The herbs that grow easily are the ones you can grow from seed or from seeds you have already harvested. The easiest herb garden to grow from seeds are the ones you can harvest already. You can plant Dill, Caraway, Parsley, Chives, Sage, and Fennel. You can harvest these already and use them to grow and harvest. All these herbs can be used either as ingredients in your cooking or even as garnishes.
Now there is no need to get discouraged, because you can grow a kitchen herb garden and your kitchen will smell great. And because you can grow kitchen herbs, you can grow fresh herbs that you can use in your recipes and make your kitchen smell fresher than any restaurant. So the next time you feel down in the dumps, remember to get up and get going and growing your kitchen herb garden will help you get back to your healthy self.