Herb Garden Information

Human usage of herbs has a long history that dates back to ancient times.  There is evidence that the ancient Egyptians and Chinese used herbs and according to references in the Bible and some medieval documents, herbs were used by most households.

There are many benefits to growing herbs and here is a list of some of those main benefits:

  • Herbs can be used for potpourri
  • Herbs add flavour to food
  • Many herbs make a great tea
  • Most herbs serve some sort of medical purpose
  • And some herbs can even control pests in your garden.

You can specialize an herb garden specifically to one of these purposes or a mixture of purposes.  You can also grow herbs in a garden with other species and you can even grow them in containers indoors.  You don’t need all that much space to grow an herb garden.  A four by six foot small plot is large enough to support a small family of plants.

Culinary herbs are most known for being used in recipes but they are also known for their aromatic foliage and the beauty of the flowers that bloom on the plant.  Whether they are fresh or dried, they can still be used for many things.  Using herbs as garnishes for plates or salads or as a spice to enhance the taste of a meal are a few other ways herbs can be used in the kitchen

Herbs grown in many ways such as:

  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Shrubs
  • Trees

Herbs are like any other plant you grown and they need the same attention and care as any other plant. There are several things that herbs need to grow into healthy plants and those things are:

  • Well-drained soil
  • A sunny location or shade depending on the plant.
  • The right climate

Heavy or compacted soil is not ideal for growing herbs.  If you find that your soil is like this, you can add some organic matter to it.  You can use fertilizer but it is not necessary. Unlike other plants, not many diseases or insects attack herbs so pesticides will not be necessary either.  There are a few herbs that have some special considerations.  Dill, caraway, anise and fennel can become victim to red spider mites in dry, hot weather.  Mint is negatively affected by rust.

There are two ways to grow herbs.

  1. You can buy the herb plants and plant them in a garden at home.
  2. Herbs can be grown straight from seeds.

All herbs can be grown from seed and for the avid gardener, watching a plant grow right from the seed is a joyous occasion because you are able to watch that seed every step of the way from birth to death.  Late winter is the best time to place the seeds in a shallow pot or box.  Seeds will grow best in a light and well-drained soil but make sure not to cover the seeds too much. Herbs should be planted shallow especially if it is a fine seed.  In the spring, seedlings can be transported outdoors but some herbs, such as dill, fennel, anise and coriander doesn’t transfer well and should be planted directly in the garden.

Herb growing inside the home is very easy and rewarding, however, there is so much information you should know about herbs.  This article opened up the world of herb growing for you so now you have the basics to conduct your own research and further your knowledge.