You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 2

 


Article by: Melinda Robinson

Setting it all up

If you have chosen an outdoor garden, , How to Care for Long Stem Roses keep it small at first. 4' x 4' is a good size for a novice herb , Wooden You Like to Know? A Primer to Wood Outdoor Furnishings gardener, and will enable you to grow , The Basic Principles Of Landscape Design about 8-9 different herbs. , Home for a Gnome? Select a sunny spot which is easily accessible with a hose or sprinkler. Most herbs , Spring Flowering Bulbs need lots of sunlight to thrive. Those which may require less light , How to Care for Long Stem Roses can be strategically placed so that shade from taller plants , The Basics of Growing Roses or nearby trees , Marble Mosaic Art falls on them, or you can set up a separate garden , Introduction to Botany for them in a shady area.

Work the soil , Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Patio Area in your chosen area. Dig up and discard any large rocks, break up solid chunks of dirt, take patches of grass , Designing an Edible Garden to other parts of your yard , Marble Mosaic Art that are bare and can use the help.

You can, in some cases, plant , Preformed Ponds Manufactured from New Rubber/Plastic Composite More Durable and Resistant to Wear directly in your soil , Garden Planning but enriched soil , Growing Orchids In Greenhouses, Can You ? really is best for gardening. , The Garden As Healer I prefer to make a raised bed, , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn then fill with a mixture of approximately 60% topsoil and 40% peat.

To make a raised bed, , Learn All About Feng Shui Money Trees construct a box in the spot where it is to stand. One way to do this uses landscaping , Marble Mosaic Art timbers along with large screws , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare and is very easy. Make the box at least two timbers , Learn All About Feng Shui Money Trees high. Screw , 5 Tips For Fish Pond Maintenance landscape timbers , Growing Great Potatoes together with 3" coarse-thread deck screws. , Soils, the Natural Solution Put the timbers , Planning a Vegetable Garden together by first drilling a 3/8" hole halfway through the timbers , Birdhouses themselves. Otherwise, the screw , Themes of Shade will not go through the landscape , Introduction to Botany timber.

CAVEAT: In some areas of the United States, the available landscape , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? timbers may be infested with Formosan termites. DO NOT use these. Alternatives include left-over deck , Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Patio Area material or 2x4s.

Fill in the box with the topsoil and peat. You can figure out how many bags of topsoil you need either by judging with your eyes or figuring out how many cubic feet are in the area for your garden , Succulent Crassula Tetragona: Drought Tolerant Plants for Dry Landscapes or Easy Houseplants and then buying the corresponding cubic feet of soil. , Abatement Consideration and Issues in Rural America Peat generally comes in compressed blocks; you will probably need approximately 1.65 cubic ft. per 4' x 4' area.

For an indoor garden, , Marble Mosaic Art you can use all kinds of pots , Themes of Shade and containers, as long as they retain moisture , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn while allowing excess water , Viburnum in the Garden to drain away. Terra cotta pots , Tips for Planting an Outdoor Herb Garden are probably not a good idea because they tend to absorb water , Garden Planning instead of allowing it to stay in the soil. , How to Use Garden Ornaments Fill containers with a topsoil and peat mix, just like the outdoor garden. , Preformed Ponds Manufactured from New Rubber/Plastic Composite More Durable and Resistant to Wear

You might even try an outdoor , Garden Planning container garden. , Growing Orchids In Greenhouses, Can You ? This is an excellent option especially if you live in an apartment, , Gardening - An Expression have limited outdoor , Weeds - We Need 'Em space or want to start very small. Herbs , Canvas Gazebos and Gazebo Kits can be grown individually or you can get a very large pot , 5 Tips On Caring For A Bonsai Tree and combine herbs. , The Basic Principles Of Landscape Design If you want to combine herbs , Birdhouses you can try themed pots. , 5 Tips On Caring For A Bonsai Tree How about a Kitchen Garden , 5 Tips For Fish Pond Maintenance with basil, dill, savory, mint and chives? Have fun making your own combinations based on your own preferences and needs.

The Planting

Seeds or established plants , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management - which should you choose? In the case of the novice herb , Gardening - An Expression gardener, I suggest plants. , Spring Flowering Bulbs You can find these at reliable nurseries in your area and sometimes in catalogs. Seeds , Gardening Sentiments can be unreliable, often not sprouting at all and therefore frustrating to the gardener who is excited about seeing life spring , Patio Accessories Complete The Great Outdoors into being. When using seeds, , Abatement Consideration and Issues in Rural America be aware that seedlings often need to be thinned -- this means removing those that are too close together and either replanting them or throwing them out. Seedlings are very delicate and don't always live when replanted, another frustration for the budding herb , The Garden As Healer gardener.

Later on, after your herb garden , 5 Tips For Fish Pond Maintenance has become established and you are more confident, you can use seeds. , Home for a Gnome? By that time, you will have become accustomed to working with the plants , Birdhouses and will have a "feel" for how to , Learn All About Feng Shui Money Trees treat them.

Some herbs , Introduction to Botany come in peat pots , Planning a Vegetable Garden which can be directly transferred to the ground; however, I have never had much luck with these and recommend taking the plant , How to Care for Long Stem Roses out of these types of containers. (I understand there are some newer plantable pots , 5 Must Know Tips For A Better Looking Landscape from Bonnie Plant , Unusual Daffodil Stories Farm (http://www.bonnieplants.com/), but I haven't tried them yet.)

When removing herbs , Tips for Planting an Outdoor Garden from their pots, , Natural Pest Control On The Rise, But Does It Work? gently squeeze all around the container to loosen the dirt. Tear away the pot , Unusual Daffodil Stories or ease the plant , Planning a Vegetable Garden out if the pot , Viburnum in the Garden is unbreakable. Very gently loosen the dirt around the roots , Patio Accessories Complete The Great Outdoors by scrunching it with your fingers and tapping it lightly against your hand.

Make a hole in the soil , Wooden You Like to Know? A Primer to Wood Outdoor Furnishings about the size of the root , Multi Purpose Tree Sugar Palm ball and place , Tips for Planting an Outdoor Herb Garden the herb plant , The Annual Pond Cleanout into this hole. Hold the plant , Everybody Feng Shui Tonight - in the Garden with one hand while scooping earth , Introduction to Botany around it with the other. Firmly but gently pack the dirt around the plant. , Succulent Crassula Tetragona: Drought Tolerant s for Dry Garden Landscapes or Easy Houseplants Don't pack the dirt too tightly as plants , Planning a Vegetable Garden need to "breathe", something they can't do if the soil , s, the Natural Solution is too tight around their roots. , 5 Must Know Tips For A Better Looking Landscape

Most plants , Wooden You Like to Know? A Primer to Wood Outdoor Furnishings come with plastic , 5 Tips On Caring For A Bonsai Tree markers that tell you what kind of plant , The History of the Gnome it is, the plant's light , Multi Purpose Tree Sugar Palm and water , Grass Varieties requirements, and sometimes how much room , Home for a Gnome? the plant , 5 Tips On Caring For A Bonsai Tree needs to grow. , Succulent Crassula Tetragona: Drought Tolerant Plants for Dry Garden Landscapes or Easy Houseplants For a basic 4' x 4' starter garden, , Viburnum in the place , Home for a Gnome? three plants , The Annual Pond Cleanout equidistant from each other at each side, leaving a good 4 inches from the sides of the box. This will leave enough room , Parsley: A Cook's Best Friend for one or possibly two plants , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? in the middle.

Don't throw away those plastic , Growing Orchids In Greenhouses, Can You ? markers that identify the plants. , Grass Varieties Instead, put them into the ground near the plant , Seeding Your Lawn, Laid Bare itself so that you always know which plant , Your Garden - Start With The Basics is which.

After you have all the herbs , Patio Accessories Complete The Great Outdoors in the ground, water , Soils, the Natural Solution the area gently yet thoroughly. When watering your herb garden, , Flower Bulbs: Nature's Greatest Gift it is best to soak the soil , Learn All About Feng Shui Money Trees deeply. Allow the water , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management to run down deep into the Earth, , The MorrowPond Garden - Soil Management wetting the roots , Multi Purpose Tree Sugar Palm of the plants , Viburnum in the Garden completely. Deep watering like this encourages strong, stable root , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn systems. If you give your herb garden , Spring Flowering Bulbs a cursory watering, only wetting the top layer of soil, , Unusual Daffodil Stories the roots , Home for a Gnome? of your plants , Gardening - An Expression may close to the surface, become weak and die.

Part 3 - What and When to Plant
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