Herbs are one of the easiest and best type of plants that you can grow in your home or local garden. Farm Fresh Living has some great tips on how to grow herbs, where to place them and how to plant them. Don’t be afraid this summer to give growing herbs a shot. It can be done easily in small pots in your kitchen window or outside in a backyard or garden. You can also incorporate herbs into gardens with perennials or on the corner of a flower patch.
Farm Fresh Living suggests, “When planting herbs either from seed or from established plugs and plants, always start with soil that has been amended with organic matter. For container plantings do not use garden soil as it is too heavy and will not drain properly, instead use a good quality organic potting soil that contains perilite for drainage. If you are growing herbs from seed, always use certified organic herb seed whenever possible. Certified organic herb seeds are not anymore expensive than standard herb seeds but are much healthier for you and for the environment.”
Here are a few of their basic tips for successfully growing organic herbs:
- Most herbs will grow well with the same sunlight (6-8 hours), fertility, soil, growing conditions, and cultural techniques required by vegetables grown in hardy gardens.
- The soil should not be extremely acid or alkaline; a soil nearly neutral is best for most herbs. A pH reading between 6.5 and 7.0 produces the best herbs.
- Most herbs do not require a highly fertile soil. Highly fertile soils tend to produce excessive foliage that is poor in flavor.
- Herbs grow best when soils have adequate organic matter. Add new organic matter every year to your herb beds
- Growing herbs in raised beds is an easy way to correct soil and drainage problems.
- Mints can be invasive; grow mints either in pots or in segregated areas of the garden.
- Herbs make great container plants and can be added into container plantings with annuals such as violas and verbena for added splashes of color.
- Grow herbs in a location that is convenient to harvest the herbs on a regular basis.