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How to grow your own herb garden

Growing your own herb garden reaps many benefits. You will only have to step outside and into your garden - saving time and money - to be rewarded with fresh and healthy herbs, all year round. In addition to the utilitarian uses, herbs can be used as natural air fresheners for your home, skin and hair treatments, pest repellent, decorations and importantly, most have medicinal uses. Herbs always have a special place in a household.

If you decide to start your own herb garden, there are a number of things you need to consider. Start with the soil. A good soil is an important factor in ensuring the success of your project. You will first need to enrich the soil by adding organic matter, like grass clippings and saw dust. Adding organic fertiliser will also help. Just before starting out, plan your garden, choosing which herbs will be most beneficial to you. You may also need to consider which herbs are suitable for the amount of time and maintenance you are willing to give your garden.  

If you are just starting out, begin with herbs that can be grown in pots. Terra cotta pots are best, but anything that allows for fast drainage of the soil will do. The beauty of growing your herbs in pots is that you will have more control over them. They are portable and can easily be moved around, from sun to shade, whatever they require. The best herbs to start out with are mint, sage, rosemary, basil and thyme. They will need to be planted in a well-drained and peat-based potting mix. If using soil from your garden, you will have no problem if it is naturally sandy. On the other hand, if you notice the soil is damp clay, you will need to add a three inch layer of coarse sand and another two inches of compost as this will help improve drainage. You can enrich the soil by using garden fertilisers, but be sure to use in moderation and stay away from those high in nitrogen.

Once you have established your new herb garden, water it regularly and clip herbs lightly and often, even if you’re not using them. You will find some herbs are annual, and will need replacing each year. For longer living herbs, buy specimens without flowers and constantly pinch out the growing tips. Think organic, and instead of using pesticide, remove any insects and diseased leaves as they appear by hand.

Not only is herb garden is a lovely addition to any garden, it is a simple and cost effective way to have an endless supply of beautiful herbs all year round. If you need assistance with choosing the right equipment and accessories don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated team by clicking here or visiting one of our three stores in York St, Pitt St or Oxford St.  

Added over 7 years ago Posted by Admin at 4:58 pm

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