Some people just seem to have a green thumb and a real knack for growing fresh herbs to make gourmet meals. Using herbs grown in a kitchen window can enhance any meal. Most people think that methods to grow an herb garden are complicated but in truth, they are quite easy. The great thing is that herbs don’t require special soil, they can be grown throughout the year, and the garden could be grown in a window sill, this makes a great project for anyone, even apartment dwellers.
Typically, an herb garden starts by planting seeds in the early part of spring and then as the weather turns warmer, the seeds would be planted in the ground outside. For growing herbs, all you need is a normal pot or container. Any type of container can be used, however, to ensure all organisms that can be found in used pots are killed, they should be washed out with a mixture of bleach and water, followed by a thorough cleaning.
Some people will choose a larger container and grow two, three, or even four herb plants together. To ensure the best flavor is produced, flower heads must be pinched off. Many types of herbs such as oregano, basil, and parsley are annuals, which means they only last one year. If you have room outdoors, you could grow a herb garden consisting of larger plants such as lavender and rosemary, which produce sprigs to last years. Herbs such as sage, mint, and chives are perennials, which means they continue growing year after year but will require some attention to ensure ongoing growth such as cutting them back.
If you have poor soil such as heavy clay you may want to consider growing your herbs in a raised bed. Raised bed planter boxes can be made easily and filled with a rich soil mixture. These boxes provide great drainage that most all herbs require. Place the planter boxes in an area that receives plenty of sun, possibly even a spot near the kitchen for easy access. These planters are also great for planting and growing summer veggies or spring and summer flowers for cutting.
Growing an herb garden is really easier than you think. You can begin today to grow your own herbs such as basil, chives, tarragon, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, and sage today. Freshly cut herbs add so much more flavor to any recipe.