7 Herb Growing Tips For Beginners
1. Choose healthy herb plants to start with!
It could take you a long time to turn a sick plant into a productive, healthy herb plant. So it is much more successful to start off with a good quality plant.
2. Plant your herbs in the right spot!
Do some research about the herb you are going to plant. What conditions do they like? Most herbs thrive in a sunny spot with free draining soil. The soil can be on the poor side. Herbs like parsley can deal with semi-shaded positions.
Herbs don't like to compete against weeds. Regularly weeding helps to prevent herb plants to be crowded out by the faster growing weeds.
3. Trimming herb garden plants:
If you are not using your herb plants a lot they might benefit from a
trim. The best time to do that is usually when the plants have finished
It will help to keep the plants neat and bushy. It also prevents plants
like lavender to become woody too quickly. Trim away about half of the
new growth. Most herbs
like thyme or lavender don't like to be trimmed back into the old wood.
You can of course dry the trimmed off leaves and save them for a later use in the winter!
4. Don't overcrowd your herb garden!
All plants need a bit of room to develop properly. Depending on the
types of herbs they need more or less space. Also invasive herbs like
not be planted in an area where they can't be allowed to spread. Grow
them in a container on their own instead or give them a corner
in the garden where they can spread as they like.
I often see people planting too many herbs into a container! A sage,
rosemary, thyme plus a parsley plant will not grow together out of a 10
This might look ok for a couple of month but is not enough room to keep
them happy long term!
5. Pests and diseases:
Most herbs are fairly disease resistant and shouldn't need any chemicals
or sprays. For most pests a bit of soapy water will do the job!
Check this page for organic pest control methods.
6. Don't over-water your herbs!
Most herbs like dry conditions. Of course they need water like other
garden plants, but probably not as much! Keep an eye on herbs grown in
containers. They of
course need more regular watering than plants in the ground.
7. Feeding herbs:
Herbs need less feeding than most other plants. This does not mean
though that you can completely forget about it! Use an organic
about half the strength for feeding herb plants.
With these herb gardening tips should be able to grow great tasting
herbs for your kitchen herb garden. You can dry or freeze surplus herbs and enjoy
during the winter months. They will bring back the warming flavor of
summer and remind you of your beautiful kitchen herb garden!