One of the most interesting things anyone will learn about herb gardening is how relaxing and simple the growing herbs can be. Discovering all the wonderful various herbs and what they do is a captivating pastime and can be very useful. You can use herbs for cooking, as medicinal aids such as topical condiments or healthy teas or simply for decorative plants in the garden.
There are so many herbal plants to choose from, it can be a little daunting for the herb gardener to start. A good of information you probably have is your cookbook, which often devotes a chapter or two to the uses of different herbs such as flavors and accents.
Plant a basic herb garden
Learn about herb gardening by growing herbs that you plan to use, as well as throwing one or two that seem interesting to you. Herbal gardens can vary in size from small containers to vast outdoor gardens.
To better learn herb gardening, simply start with a small, sunny plot or use a clay pot filled with potting soil.
The two great needs of herbs are:
– a lot of sun e
– well-drained soil.
Most herbs prefer full or partial sun and the seed packet or nursery will have this information clearly indicated. Most herbs will not do well in very humid soils and watering every 2-3 days is usually sufficient. The raised garden beds are well suited to herb gardens. They have excellent drainage and can be easily prepared for correct sunlight.
When planting herb seeds, cover them lightly with soil and do not plant the seeds too deeply. A good rule of thumb with herb gardening is “the smaller the seed, the more shallow you sow”. If you are using young herbaceous plants already started in cultivation trays, simply transplant them into pots or in the garden bed. Sometimes the plants in the trays are dry; if so, water them before planting them.
Finally, remember that annual herbs (herbaceous plants that grow only for one season and then die) and perennial herbs (herbaceous plants that will return the following year) work best if planted separately. This avoids upsetting the roots of perennials when it is time to dig the annual deaths. It also prevents leaving pieces of dead roots behind which can contribute to the growth of fungi.
Grow fresh herbs for cooking
Cooking with fresh herbs from your garden is a wonderful experience. To start, here are the gardening tips for two famous herbs that are ideal for starting gardeners.
Sweet basil leaves are good in salads and are the main flavoring ingredient in tomato dishes such as spaghetti and marinara sauce. In northern climates, basil is usually grown as an annual plant. In milder climates, sweet basil will return on its own every year and is therefore considered a perennial plant.
Sweet basil herb is a pleasure to grow because it thrives in medium soil and loves the sun or partial shade. Sow the seeds after the danger of frost is over, or start them indoors about eight weeks before the growing season and then transplant them outside. You can also buy starter plants ready for growing from nurseries and catalogs.
It is easy to promote the bush of the leaves of the basil plant by pinching and cutting the grass throughout the summer. Use fresh leaves during the summer growing months and, in the fall, dry them and keep them for the winter.
Garlic is rich in minerals and nutrients and is known to have great medicinal properties. It is a staple in every chef’s kitchen for cooking chicken dishes and pasta with seafood and vegetables. We saw all the garlic bulbs in the supermarket … but did you know that a simple garlic bulb has enough cloves to start a garden full of garlic plants? Here’s what you do:
When spring arrives and the weather starts to get warm, prepare a garden bed in a sunny place. Take the cloves and place them, with the pointed side facing upwards, into the ground. Plant them in clusters or rows and put a light layer of potting soil on them with mixed compost. When the fall comes, lift the garlic bulbs out of their bed.
Dry the garlic by cutting the bulbs into thin slices and placing them on a grill at room temperature. You can also store the bulbs by weaving the stems and hanging the garlic in a dark and cool space. You can even freeze the whole garlic bulb!
Learn more about herb gardening with these herbs, then start expanding with others. In the meantime, you will add wonderful flavors to your recipes and delicious flavors in the kitchen!