Growing Your Own Culinary Herb Garden
Growing your own culinary herb garden not only gives you a chance to practice your gardening skills, but ensures that you are adding healthier seasoning to your food, making it more delicious and homely. Follow these simple instructions if you plan to grow 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. Select a location that is close to your kitchen. Certain herbs serve as excellent landscaping plants. If you want to use the herbs in your food, be sure that you do not plant them with other landscaping plants. Select an area in the herb garden or devote an inconspicuous space anywhere in the garden for the culinary herbs, so that chopping off a part of the herbs won’t spoil the look of your house or garden.
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 herb 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. Pruning 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.