How To Start A Herb Garden



Starting a herb garden can be useful for anyone who likes to cook or just enjoys gardening. They don’t require a large amount of space and the options are endless for what we can grow!

Below are some how to instructions for starting our own herb gardens in the back yard.


Follow the simple steps, which require minimal tools and before too long we can be enjoying our very own herbs!


Preparing The Soil

Digging with a garden fork loosens soil that has become compacted. This allows water to drain and creates space for plant roots to reach down into the soil. This is the most important step–shortcuts here are disastrous for your plants. Adding compost to your soil, about an inch on top and then mixing it into the soil, helps prevent drainage problems and adds fertilizer to the garden.
Photo by: Bob McDowall


Planting Herbs

For planting herbs, we will need about 1 to 4 feet in diameter for each plant, depending on the plant. Here are some general guidelines for plant sizes:

• 3-4 feet – Rosemary, Sage, Mints, Oregano, Marjoram
• 2 feet – Basils, Thyme, Tarragon, Savory
• 1 foot – Cilantro, Chives, Dill, Parsley
Photo by: Bryant Olsen



Most Herbs like to be watered as soon as the soil located a couple of inches below the surface is dry to the touch. Since temperatures and humidity cause drying times to vary every week, you might need to check the soil often. Do not over-water. More water is not better and can lead to diseases or just poor growing conditions for your herbs.
Photo by: B.D.’s World



When harvesting, we simply cut off about 1/3 of the branches close to our leaf intersection when the plant reaches 6-8″ tall. Some plants, such as parsley, grow new leaves from their center. In this case the oldest branches need to be completely removed, leaving the new tiny branches growing from the center. This becomes clearer as we watch our plants grow.
Photo by: Suzette





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