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Herb Garden Ideas

Fresh herbs are great when it comes to cooking and many people want them daily. What better way to enjoy fresh herbs in your kitchen than the old ones of a few minutes? There are no deep dark secrets when it comes to growing herbs. In fact, herbs are really very easy to grow and you don’t even need a large space to grow them. Most herbs can be grown in an area no larger than a window. In reality, a window would be the ideal place to grow a kitchen herb garden. There is enough room to grow parsley, basil, sage or cilantro and it can all be in a compact container just outside the kitchen door.

Many herbs can also be grown on a sunny window sill indoors. The trick is to keep the herbs harvested and start new ones before the plants start to get too woody. Basil is an excellent window plant. When growing herbs inside or out remember two things the first is that herbs don’t like fertilizer very much and most herbs like moist soil, but they must quickly dry wet soil will do most of the herbs.

How about a jar of aromatic herbs? Plant the top with tall grass like dill and then fill the side with creeping plants like oregano, creeping thyme or creeping rosemary. They will grow out of the sides and hang down. just remember to keep the creeping plants cut to continue producing new leaves. You can replace the top plant with something else like sage if you wish.

When planting herbs such as coriander and basil it is good to make succession plantations about 3 weeks apart in order to have fresh leaves during the growing season. Coriander and basil will go to seed quickly if not collected often and removed the flowers.

The main thing that most herbs have in common is that they don’t like wet feet and actually don’t need fertilizers, as I said before. The fertilizer will change the growth habits of the herbs and affect their strength and flavor. A good soil will provide all the nutrients needed to grow a productive vegetable garden. Also pay attention to what you plant because some herbs can become quite aggressive and occupy the whole area suffocating everything else. Mint is a perfect example. Mint is very invasive, so if you want to grow it I suggest you grow the mint in a container and never in the ground.

A good herb garden will pay big dividends as your family and friends will appreciate the great taste that comes out of your kitchen. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are using homegrown fresh herbs to feed them.

by Glenn Bronner

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