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Herb Garden Plans
From Basic Herb Garden to Organic Herb Garden
Develop your herb garden plans before planting an organic herb garden. Before planting, decide what type of organic garden you want: a mini herb garden, a basic herb garden, or an indoor herb garden.
Herb garden plans can be very simple or complex, but theyre a fantastic addition to any yard. Herbs make edible landscapes. Having an organic herb garden gives you fresh culinary materials at your fingertips.
Herbs provide nutrition and other health benefits, and may be used in various remedial preparations with a little practice (and by checking with your medical doctor to ensure they don't interact with other medications or nutrients that you are taking).
Basic Herb Garden: What do you Grow?
To get started on even a basic herb garden you need to determine what herbs to plant. While some of what you grow will depend on your location, herbs are pretty resilient and dont require a lot of space or fussing. That means you can even create a mini herb garden when space is tight and still grow quite a variety.
In considering what's good to grow, the first question is what will you use in your kitchen regularly. There are about a dozen herbs that are very popular for gardening and cooking. These include thyme, sage, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, chives, basil, cilantro, dill, marjoram, and mint. Other good additions to that list are sorrel, garlic, and ginger (if youre in a warm region).
You might also want to consider rounding out your collection of herbs with some edible flowers. Many of the flowers we grow can be consumed; and have a spicy flavor. Nasturtium and carnation both are somewhat peppery, for example. This makes a whimsical addition to your herb garden plans.
Placement of your Organic Herb Garden
Herb garden plans need to take into account the amount of light and drainage in your yard. While herb gardens are often called 'kitchen gardens' for obvious reasons, its not always practicable to keep the garden near to the kitchen, especially if you have poor drainage there.
If you really want the garden close to the house, the alternative in this case would be using growing pots for your herbs (one type of herb in each planter or organic container, lined up decoratively and ready for your harvesting).
In terms of sunlight, most herbs need about 4 hours of full sunlight to grow abundantly. Good soil will also certainly help, but herbs arent as fussy as flowers and many vegetables.
Helps and Hints to Build Your Herb Garden Plans
During the growing season, make sure you keep a log book or journal of what works well and what doesn't in your garden. Note the position of the sun (are your herbs getting enough sunlight?) and if the location of the various herb plants helps with growth and productivity.
Also, note drainage, pest infestations, and any other issues (or positive notes that you want to make sure and duplicate next season). Did you use organic pesticides and organic fertilizer on your garden? Keep good records and use those in planning the next season's garden.
Come the end of the growing season, remember to gather the seeds your herbs produce and label them. These can store easily for the next year and save you money. You can start these seeds indoors just prior to growing season using egg cartons or small indoor pots. That way once the weather cooperates youre one step ahead of the game.
Also remember to feed your soil annually. Whether you compost or use organic nutrients, soil will become dead after a while if it's not tended properly. Try not to plant the same herbs in the same place each year - that way youre not leaching the same nutrients over and over again.
Finally, remember that your herb garden plans need not be fancy to be really fun and functional. Sometimes a garden that looks wholly natural is just as beautiful as one carefully sculpted. Its really up to your personal tastes.
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