Picking fresh herbs from our garden at home provides us with an intense level of pride and joy. In this article, we are going to see how we can grow herbs in our garden or containers. To make things better, these containers can be stored close to your kitchen to facilitate access during cooking.
Herbs come in a variety of choices: Basil, Coriander, Parsley, Mint, Thyme, Sage, Chives and many more.
This list might be a good place for beginner gardeners to start their journey of growing herbs.
Before commencing, it might be good to have the following in terms of tools and supplies:
- Protective gloves
- Herbs or Seeds
- Some water
- A container suitable for your needs
- Drainage material (such as gravel)
When picking herbs, think about your objective or desired outcome. Some herbs will need more shade, whilst others need direct sunlight to grow strong and healthy. Herbs tend to grow well in most types of soil.
When choosing a container, make sure that it has holes in the base to enable proper drainage of extra water. Herbs do not enjoy resting in water for prolonged periods. A material to assist water drainage, such as gravel, can be placed at the bottom of the container.
The sequence you want to aim for is as follows:
- Drainage material at the bottom
- The soil on top of it
- Fertiliser on top of the soil.
This kind of setup should ensure that you have a good foundation to grow your desired herbs in your garden or home container.
Do not fill the container to the very top, as you need to leave space for the plant itself and its root ball. If you are planting herbs and plants of different sizes, you will need to adjust the size of the soil accordingly for the smaller ones, to avoid these being drowned by the bigger plants or their soil. Make sure to firm gently as you are adding plants and soil to the pot.
At this stage, it is very important to fill around the plants, without overdoing it or covering the plants themselves. Nonetheless, make sure that roots are covered well with at least one or two centimetres of soil. Another reason not to put too much soil is to leave space for water at the top. Otherwise, your containers might spill water from the top when watering your plants.
The above information is here to help you embark on the exciting journey of growing herbs in your garden or home containers. Make that first step and be sure to take good care of your herbs and garden as these grow.
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