The organic herb garden is an idea that has been around for years. Many people are looking to grow their own vegetables but find themselves struggling with the where and how.
First of all…
What are Herbs?
Herbs are plants or plant parts that have been used for centuries for cooking or medicinal purposes. Most common culinary herbs are derived from the leaves, roots, seeds or flowers of plants, but some can be found in other parts. Many people use herbal remedies to treat themselves when they are sick and herbal teas are often given to children to help calm them down if they’re feeling anxious or restless. Herbs can be used in a variety of ways, including cooking, aromatherapy and even herbal cures.
Organic gardening can be a great way to save money on food costs, live healthier and teach kids about where their food comes from. You don’t have to spend hours in the dirt either! With just a few simple steps, you can start your little oasis in the backyard or on the patio. Here’s what you need to get started:
Soil- This is key because, without soil, you won’t have anything to plant in! The best type of soil will depend on what kind of plants you want to grow, so do some research before you decide on your plants. The perfect compost will have lots of nutrients but also have some organic matter to hold the water.
Containers- To get started, you may want to try growing in old buckets, large planters or 5-gallon buckets with holes drilled into the side for drainage. You can even repurpose old trash cans into a fun planter. Just be sure to choose a container with holes for drainage and is at least 12 inches deep.
Water- Make sure your plants have a constant supply of water to ward off dehydration and disease. You may want to invest in some organic plant fertilizer as well, or you can use compost tea instead.
Plants- The easiest way to get started is by choosing from the most common types of herbs. When you’re just starting, go with a few different kinds and see which ones you like best.
Location- The most important thing to consider is where you will be growing your plants. You want a nice sunny area that is open for airflow and protects the plants from harsh winds.
Make sure your plants are close to a water source.
Now that you have everything together go ahead and follow the instructions on whatever seeds or starter plants you buy. Once your garden is established, continue to care for it by watering it regularly. Of course, if you want to learn more about organic gardening, then you should do some research. You can also visit your local nursery for more ideas or pick up any materials you may need.
Always use garden gloves when planting and gardening.
What Herbs to Plants?
One of the best ways to start with an organic herb garden is to choose plants that are easy to grow and care for. This will allow you to get a feel for how much time it takes for your plants to mature and lets you get an understanding of what it takes to maintain your garden. Some common herbs found in the grocery store are cilantro, basil, parsley, dill and chives. You can also find oregano, thyme and rosemary, as well as many others that may be better for you to grow yourself.
What if my organic herb garden doesn't work?
Don’t give up. Gardening is a lot of trial and error. Many factors can contribute to a successful harvest or an unsuccessful one.
It’s important not to get discouraged when your plants don’t turn out the way you expected them to. It may take a few tries before you get it right, so keep trying!
You may find this helpful: 8 Tips for Helping Garden Plants Grow Well
Why should I grow my own organic herb garden?
There are many reasons why you should consider growing your organic herb garden. Some of these include:
- You can save money on food costs and find healthier options for cooking for your family.
- It’s a fun way to spend time with your kids and teach them about where their food comes from.
- It’s good exercise and can promote relaxation and stress relief.
- You may be able to use some of your herbs for medicinal purposes. These can include teas, tinctures and salves that may help cure common ailments such as headaches, coughs and stomach aches.
There are many benefits to growing your organic herbs. It can be a fun way for kids and adults alike to learn about where their food comes from, spend time together and even try out some medicinal remedies if you want. All you need to get started on your garden is soil (the type depends on what plants you plan to grow), containers with drainage holes at least 12 inches deep, water supply, and plenty of sunlight or protection from harsh winds. You’ll also need the seeds or starter plants that correspond with whichever herbs you choose as well as an area close to a water source like a backyard or patio! What do you think? Are these advantages enough incentive for you to start gardening today? Be sure not to give up when things don’t go exactly as planned. Just keep trying until you get it right!