Grow Your Own Herbs Tips
During the 8 weeks we have been home due to the global lockdown we have been planning our tiny townhouse herb garden.
One of the things we are doing is looking at how we can grow more of our own food. Long term we are looking for land and in the short term we are planning an edible garden with herbs and flowers.
Living a holistic life has many facets, including what you eat and where you get your food. You might want to consider growing herbs from home.
Not only can you use herbs to cook, but you can also use some of them for healing and natural medicine. You will save money and ensure you have the most organic herbs possible.
1. Have a Plan Beforehand
The first step to growing your own herbs is the prep stage. You want to take some time figuring out where you will place your garden, what you intend to grow and ways you are going to use them, and how much room you are going to need. This is when the research comes in handy. The worst thing you can do is just go buy some seeds and start planting without having planned exactly what you intend to do beforehand.
2. Decide Between Seeds or Start Plants
There are two main ways to grow herbs; you can start them from seeds, or you can purchase plants that have been started for you. Naturally, if you are a beginner at growing, the plants are going to be much easier for you. This is recommended for most people who are starting their very first herb garden, as you ease into caring for herbs, without having to start them from seeds.
3. Become Familiar with Each Herb
Before you start planting your herbs, understand what each herb needs you to do as far as care and growing it healthy. Every herb will have different guidelines, such as how much water it needs, when to give it direct sunlight, and whether it needs to be in a container or in the ground.
Mint grows very fast and works best in a container with only mint in it. It can take over the garden very quickly and this is why you will want to grow it in a container. Mint grows well in sunlight, but it can also use a bit of shade and still grow well.
With rosemary, it grows better in cool climates that have sun, and needs to be brought indoors during the winter.
4. Caring for Your Herbs
While many herbs can be grown indoors in planters, they still need to be close to a window. Some plants may need to be moved outdoors for at least a few hours, as most herbs should get 3-4 hours of direct sunlight each day. Again, this will depend on your herbs.
Remember that care includes sunlight and temperature control, watering, and using the right soil.
5. Harvest When Ready
Something to keep in mind when harvesting your herbs is that the more often you do it (when they are ready), the healthier the herb plant will continue to grow.
Again, look at each variety’s instructions to understand harvesting guidelines.
We have been growing some herbs in our tiny townhouse garden and it is wonderful to have access to chives, basil, oregano and thyme during the growing season.
Eating real fresh organic food is a vital pillar to wellness. You’ve heard the saying eat well to be well, right?
Are you planning on growing an herb garden? Let us know what you will be planting this year in the comments below.
Be sure to get in touch with us if you have any questions or if we can help you.
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