Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Learn How To Grow Herbs

Growing herbs can be an easy process and the results can be used to add flavor to meals, make soothing and relaxing teas or for making fragrant sachets, potpourri, scented candles and oils. Following some simple steps can lead to a successful and rich harvest when you are growing herbs.


Where to Plant Growing Herbs


The first step in planning an herb garden is to determine what types of herbs will be grown. Once this has been decided, you have to decide where to grow in the yard. If the herbs are to be used in cooking, it is a good idea to have a variety of growing herbs planted nearby so they are easily accessible. If you're interested in having only one or two growing herbs for cooking or for display and fragrance purposes only, you also have the option of growing herbs indoors.


The Basic Herbs


There are many varieties of herbs and which ones you choose will depend on the type of cooking you do and the flavors you like. Some of the basic and easiest growing herbs include thyme, garlic, oregano, basil, dill and chives. Adding a little of lavender, peppermint and chamomile to your herb garden could make delicious teas. wher transplants do not work well it is better to grow these herbs from seedlings. Other types of herbs should be purchased as established plants and then transplanted to your garden.


Growing Herbs in a Garden


One of the most important steps for growing herbs is having proper sunlight for the better part of the day. Sunny areas are best for growing most herbs. Good soil enriched once or twice a year with compost along with proper drainage will provide flavorful herbs. Too much water and too little sunshine can affect the growth of the growing herbs as well as the taste. Water stagnation should not be allowed around the plant. Protect your plants from moisture by covering them all aorund with mulch.  If pests become a problem, use an insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. Pestcides can be harmful. One of the major advantages pf growing herbs is that you have a fresh supply for your kitchen at all times.

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