While many people fret over the thought of maintaining their own garden, in reality, it is far simpler than they may suspect. In particular, herbs are notorious for being among the easiest plants to grow and will allow you to harvest food from your own garden without any hassle.
Unlike other plants, there are a variety of reasons why herbs are easy to grow. First, insects or common plants diseases rarely affect them. They also do not require any fertilizer and can survive long periods of time without water. Best of all, they respond well to constant harvesting, so, the more you cut them, the more they will grow.
Once you begin growing your own fresh herbs, you will never be able to return to that jar of dried herbs again. By following the tips below, you can ensure your herb garden flourishes so you will have delicious garnishes for your dishes all year round.
- Selecting a Site: Ideally, it is best to place your herb garden in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight per day. Since herbs do not do well if they are constantly wet, you should also select a site that has good water drainage.
- What to Plant: If you are a beginner gardener, the easiest herbs to grow are rosemary, sage, parsley, oregano, basil, mint and thyme. More advanced growers should try tackling dill and cilantro. Of course, it makes more sense to grow what you most desire to consume!
- When to Plant: While some herbs, such as rosemary, are available all year round, other herbs, like basil, are exclusively available during the summer. Plants that thrive in cooler weather are anise, arugula, borage, chervil, chamomile, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, feverfew, garlic chives, lavender, lemongrass, lovage, parsley, rosemary, salad burnet, sorrel, and tansy. Southern California winters are ideal for growing anise, arugula, borage, chervil, chamomile, chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, garlic chives, lovage, parsley, salad burnet, sorrel and tansy. Spring is an excellent time for growing catmint, catnip, chamomile, chervil, feverfew, lavender, lemon balm, lemongrass, lemon verbena, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, St. John’s Wort, sweet woodruff, tansy, tarragon, thyme, and winter savory. You should also be wary about how long it takes seeds to germinate since some take significantly longer than others.
- Where to Buy Herbs: Aside from plant nurseries, most grocery stores have small herb plants for sale during the spring.
No matter whether you are an expert or amateur gardener, people of all skill levels should try growing their own herbs. Once you taste how fresh they are, you will not regret your decision!