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Herb Garden Tips and Ideas

Herb Garden Tips and Ideas

What cook hasnít seasoned his dishes with chopped, fresh herbs? Rosemary, sage, cilantro and other herbal delights can enhance many a meal, bringing in distinct flavors for all to enjoy. You can buy herbs through your supermarket, but if you prefer the home-grown variety, then only an herb garden of your own will do.

Herbs have been used by humans for many a millennia, with medicinal properties recognized early on. Mint has long been used as a cleansing agent, rosemary for curing headaches and dill was used by the Romans to purify banquet hall air. However you choose to use herbs there are dozens of choices available to you, providing a wide variety for your planting.

Novice Gardeners

If youíre not familiar with herb gardening, relax. Growing herbs is easy, something you can do inside in containers.

Sage, rosemary, basil, chives, parsley, thyme and dill are among the easiest herbs to grow and may be the favorite for novice gardeners. As long as you have ample natural light you can plant many herbs in most any container. Jars, kitchen canisters, pots and even china tea cups are suitable for growing herbs notes Better Homes and Garden.

Annuals, Biennials and Perennials

Be aware of how herbs grow and what you can expect from year to year. Annuals bloom one season and then die. Biennials live for two seasons but only bloom for the second season. Once established, perennials can make it through the winter and bloom year after year.

Popular annuals include summer savory, coriander, basil and anise. Parsley and caraway are biennials. Perennials include winter savory, chives, fennel, marjoram, fen, mint and thyme according to the West Virginia University Extension Service. Contact your local extension service for the best herb choices in your area.

Transplanting Herbs

Perhaps growing plants indoor isnít your preference. Youíve started your seed inside, but soon realize that you donít have the room for these budding plants. Quite easily, you can transplant your emerging herbs outside to your garden.

Before moving your herbs, check to ensure that the ball root system has been clearly formed. Once the ball of roots is clearly defined you can make the transfer. Then, carefully break the roots apart by hand. Dig a hole with your trowel or other garden tool, placing the herbs in moist soil. Pack the soil firmly around the roots, then fill the rest of the hole with soil. Maintain as you would any plant by keeping it watered and weeded.

Herb Tips

You can buy herb seeds from many different retailers including local garden shops, directly from seed companies or online. Herbs are sold in straight seed packages and seed kits, and are also available as seedlings, the latter ideal for immediate planting outdoors.

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