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HOW TO...Build A Herb Garden from Scratch

HOW TO Build A Herb Garden from Scratch

If you’ve always loved the idea of growing your own food at home, but don’t know where to begin, a herb garden could be the perfect solution. It’s surprisingly simple to build a herb garden from scratch, and you’ll be amazed at all the benefits it can bring.

Having your own herb garden has a host of advantages for your health and well-being. Much cheaper than buying fresh herbs from the supermarket, it’s not only your bank balance that will receive a boost – your immune system will too! 

When you add fresh herbs to your meals, you’ll receive natural antioxidants and vitamins as well as the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that they offer. Even better, you’ll feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you can finally eat something that you’ve grown yourself.

HOW TO Build A Herb Garden from Scratch

If you’re growing indoors, you’ll only need a few small pots. Remember to label each one carefully with the name of the herb so you don’t get confused! 

Choosing a Space

Don’t have an outdoor area of your own? No problem! You can even grow a herb garden indoors on a windowsill or in any sunny spot. If you have a garden, choose an area with plenty of sunlight and ensure that the soil has adequate drainage. 

Find a spot with at least 6 hours of sunlight every day. You might also want to consider choosing a place close to your kitchen so harvesting your herbs will be quicker and easier. 

If you’re thinking of putting your herbs in pots on your decking or on your patio, you’ll need to consider drainage carefully if you don’t want pools of water to cause a slipping hazard. 

A resin bound deck or patio is the ideal solution since it meets the required drainage standards to ensure that there’ll be no unwanted puddles whenever you water your herbs.

If you’re growing indoors, you’ll only need a few small pots. Remember to label each one carefully with the name of the herb so you don’t get confused! 

Don’t forget to make sure that the pots have a hole in the base to allow for adequate drainage, and you’ll need to put a drip tray under the pots to ensure that water doesn’t pool on your bench tops or windowsills. 

HOW TO Build A Herb Garden from Scratch

Whether you’re growing your herbs indoors or outdoors, you’ll need to choose the right herbs for you. Virtually every type of herb grows for a minimum of one season, and many grow for years

Prepare Your Soil

After you’ve selected the perfect spot to grow your herb garden, preparing the soil is your next task. If you have soil which is clay, heavy, or sandy, adding lots of compost is the key. 

Even when your soil seems in good condition, if you work compost into your soil your herbs will benefit from the additional nutrients during their growing period. Avoid using a composted manure, however, since these have a high nitrogen content which reduces the flavour of the herbs.

Choose the Right Herbs    

Whether you’re growing your herbs indoors or outdoors, you’ll need to choose the right herbs for you. Virtually every type of herb grows for a minimum of one season, and many grow for years. 

Popular choices for kitchen garden herbs include dill, sage, mint, chives, rosemary, oregano, and basil – all commonly used in popular dishes. All are simple to grow, even by those who are complete novices to gardening.

HOW TO Build A Herb Garden from Scratch

If you’ve always dreamed of eating your home-grown produce, knowing how to build a herb garden from scratch could be the first step towards your own kitchen garden. Before you know it, you could be cultivating everything from lettuce to tomatoes! 

Plant and Grow Your Herbs

You can either start off your herbs by planting them as young plants or begin them from seed. It’s easier to start your herbs off as young plants, however if your budget is tight it’s not too hard to start them off as seeds.

After your garden is planted, ensure it receives two inches of water each week and harvest the herbs regularly. There is a popular myth that frequent harvesting damages herbs, however the opposite holds true. 

The more often you harvest your herbs, you’ll find your plant produces more foliage and this also increases how many herbs you can harvest. If you have too many to use towards the season’s end, you can just freeze or dry your harvest, so you’ll be able to enjoy your own herbs throughout the year.

Growing Your Own

If you’ve always dreamed of eating your home-grown produce, knowing how to build a herb garden from scratch could be the first step towards your own kitchen garden. Before you know it, you could be cultivating everything from lettuce to tomatoes! 

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