Growing A Culinary Herb Garden
A culinary herb garden is a delight for anyone who enjoys preparing rich, delicious Italian foods. What better way to add an amazing dimension to your cooking than to have your own culinary herb garden added to your dish! Here are several tips to growing a culinary herb garden by yourself. Proper sunlight ensures that the herbs have denser, darker foliage and produce more essential oils that add to their health benefits. However, the selection of the spot, whether sunny or shady, depends upon the herb to be grown. For herbs like basil, coriander, and thyme, choose a bright sunny spot. On the other hand, shade-loving herbs like parsley, peppermint, and chives will grow well in cool and shady spots. Contrary to popular belief, herbs do not grow in just any soil. Like all plants, herbs require a loose, well-drained, and well-aerated soil. Preparing the garden soil with compost before planting the herbs would greatly benefit them. Good drainage is important, but ensure that the soil does not get water-logged. Adding mulch is also a good idea.
Then, pruning a culinary herb garden. This depends upon whether the herb is herbaceous, annual, or evergreen. While annual and herbaceous herbs generally don’t require to be pruned, it is important to cut off the older branches of evergreen herbs like thyme, rosemary, and sage. Cutting the older woody branches provides better sunlight to the younger, leafier branches that are more useful for cooking.