How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden –
Plus an Easy Recipe!
Want to try growing something and then actually use your results in the meals you prepare? How about growing your very own herb garden? Well you can, and here are some helpful tips on how to create your own little garden of herbs.
First decide which herbs you want to grow. Would you like to try sage, rosemary and thyme? How about including dill, mint, chives, and cilantro? Now that you’ve chosen what you want to plant in your herb garden, you need to know a little bit about the herbs. For example, coriander, dill and basil die after one season. Parsley lives for two; and chives, thyme, mint, marjoram and tarragon bloom every year. Next, ascertain how large your herb garden will be. Ensure to keep the annuals and perennials separate from each other.
Drainage is the key to a successful herb garden. After you choose the site for your garden, make sure you consider drainage and soil fertility first. Without proper drainage, your garden will fail. So, improve drainage at the garden site by removing the soil to a depth of 15 to 18 inches. Place a 3-inch layer of crushed stone on the bottom. Mix some compost or peat and sand then refill the site higher than the original level to allow for the settling of the soil. Since the soil does not have to be fertile, it does not require additional fertilizer. Once the site and soil are ready for planting, you can proceed to purchase the seeds.
For parsley, sow the seeds in the latter part of spring directly into the ground. Work the soil surface to achieve a really fine texture; then wet it slightly. Sow the seeds in very shallow rows with soil over them. Do not sow the seeds too deeply. It is important to cover the seed bed with either wet burlap or paper to keep the soil moist during germination. Water the seeds with a fine spray to prevent the washing away of the soil.
In order to protect your perennial and biennial herbs, use mulch about four inches deep to protect the plants. Place the mulch after the ground has frozen in early winter. Do not remove the mulch until the plants show signs of growth in early spring. Early removal could result in some early frost damage. You can check online or ask your gardening supply store for more information on what herbs you can grow now and later on in the year. Create your own herb garden and be proud of your accomplishment!
Here is a tasty and easy recipe that you can try once your herb garden is in bloom. Enjoy!
Tomato and Mozzarella Salad
2 lbs ripe tomatoes
12 slices of mozzarella cheese
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 sprigs marjoram
10 basil leaves
Cut up tomatoes and place on a plate with the mozzarella. In a bowl, whisk the salt, vinegar, and honey, then add the olive oil, mixing well. Pour over tomatoes. Using kitchen scissors, cut the fresh herbs into the salad. Salt to taste.