Planning an Herb Garden
Herb gardening is a great way to get started gardening. Herbs are something you can grow year round indoors on a windowsill or under a grow light and of course outside in the garden or prepared bed, in warmer weather.1)https://gardensall.com/7-best-grow-lights-for-avid-gardeners/
If you’re really a gardening newbie or wannabe, you can start with just one herb plant at a time. Grow it well, following all advice and instructions on it, then when it’s thriving, add another one.
Or, if you have space and inclination to take on several, this ready-to-go 5-Herb Kit from Amazon is an inexpensive starter kit delivered to your door.
Sketches and Apps for Planning an Herb Garden
When you’re ready to take it outside you’ll want to plan it just a bit. Planning is especially important when you start adding vegetable gardening, but it’s also a good practice to start with planning for herbs.
Always consider what the plant will look like in place, fully grown.
TIP: At GardensAll we’ve transitioned from graph paper sketches to an awesome app that makes it super simple to plan, and you can read more about that in this article.2)https://www.gardensall.com/garden-planning-guides-garden-apps-and-video-tutorial/
Next, determine what kind of herbs you want to grow. Do you want a theme, or do you just grow a few of the herbs you use most often?
If you create more than one themed herb patch, such as medicinal and Italian, chances are there will be some overlaps since most herbs have nutritional and medicinal benefits. However, you can still group these roughly in the manner in which you harvest them.
For example, if you’re going to make a cold and flu concoction3)https://gardensall.com/healing-herbal-teas-colds-flu/, you’ll want the herbs recommended for that to be in the same general area.
TIP: Start with your most often used basics, tend them well, then add an herb or two each year.
The thing about growing herbs is that you need to use them, nurture them and eventually harvest and dry them. It’s not a plant and then your done process. You’ll want to get this process down so that your precious herbs don’t go to waste.
An advantage to starting with herb gardening indoors is that you get to see the plants numerous times daily. This helps you to become familiar with each plant’s needs and how they grow because you see them every time you’re in the kitchen.
When it comes time to grow herbs outside, the closer you can locate them to your kitchen, the more likely you will be to go out and grab some fresh herb clippings when you’re cooking.
We like the planters options that can start indoors then migrate out to your patio or deck when the weather is warm enough. So if you have some good southern exposure windows or a good grow light, you might start with an indoor planter like this one. It’s very popular and affordable:
To make it easier to move outdoors in good weather and also easier to tend to the lowest tray, we recommend placing it on a plant saucer dolly, however that does increase the investment cost as the dolly is actually a few dollars more (currently $42) than the planter (currently $39), at the time of this writing, but Amazon seller’s prices fluctuate regularly, so just check that for when you’re ready to buy it.
Our favorite planter is the cadillac of plant towers, so it’s more pricey, but if you’ve got a little wiggle room in your budget, this should pay for itself in a few months from what you’ll save on your grocery bill.
An awesome feature is that it can accommodate up to 50 plants in 4 square feet of space, and it’s a composting tower. You can read more on this in this article.4)https://gardensall.com/plant-tower-that-can-grow-50-plants-in-4-sq-ft/
When we can make the space for it we’re going to use it for our indoor salad “buffet”. How awesome to be able to go to the plant tower to snip fresh greens instead of the fridge!
Sample Herb Garden Themes
TIP: You can actually buy prepackaged herb garden seeds, such as these on Amazon:
Medicinal Herb Seed Assortment – Non-GMO Healing Herb Seeds – Valerian, Cayenne, Yarrow, Chamomile, Burdock, More by Living Whole Foods
- Herbs for Colds & Flu5)https://gardensall.com/best-herbs-for-colds-and-flu/
- Herbs for Feminine Health (rejuvenating for women’s health)
- Herbs for Masculine Health (rejuvenating for men’s health)
Hirt’s Caroline Everbearing Red Raspberry Plant – 4″ Pot – (good for men’s and women’s health)
- Herbs for skin tonics
- Herbs for soap & candle making6)http://adventures-in-making.com/diy-pressed-herb-candles/
- Herbs for body scrubs
- Herbs for lotions
BOOK on Amazon: Herbs for Natural Beauty: Create Your Own Herbal Shampoos, Cleansers, Creams, Bath Blends, and More by Rosemary Gladstar
- Herbs for Italian cuisine
- Herbs for Mexican cuisine
- Herbs for French cuisine
- Herbs for Mediterranean cuisine
- Herbs for Beverages (e.g., mints)
- Herbs for gourmet sweets (e.g., lavender, licorice, and roses)
BOOK on Amazon: Herbal Kitchen, The: 50 Easy-to-Find Herbs and Over 250 Recipes to Bring Lasting Health to You and Your Family by Kami McBride
Whatever you do, don’t over think it… just get started and you will refine your herb garden and your selections as you go.
You may enjoy the book: Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening: How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days by Peter Burke, available on Amazon
Also, you may enjoy this related article with herbal cold remedy recipes you can make on your own.7)https://gardensall.com/best-herbs-for-colds-and-flu/
Let’s get plantin!
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