Herb Garden Information
Herbs have in all times been used by man, the origins can be traced back to ancient Egyptians and is also found in ancient China. All through the Bible, references are made as to the use of herbs in the households. The use of herbs is also described in documents dating from the medieval period. Herbs can be used for so many different purposes. They may be used in food for flavor, to brew tea and also for medical reasons to cure different kinds of ailments. Herbs are also used as repellent for insects such as mosquitoes or wasps or to control pests in a garden for example.
Some herb gardens are specifically planted to be used for a specific purpose, others do not specialize in any area. The herbs can be grown outdoor or in containers indoors. Not having a garden is not an obstacle to growing herbs, as a small plot of four feet by six feet is a large enough area to support a small family, and this pot can be broken up into different pots and containers.
Herbs are most commonly used for cooking. These are culinary herbs that perk up the flavor of a dish. But herbs can also be grown for their aromatic foliage. Some do also have very beautiful flowers! The most convenient thing about herbs might be the fact that they can be used fresh or dried.
Like all other plants herbs grow as annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Be sure when you plant your herbs that you use well drained soil. Fertilizers are not needed but if the soil is too heavy, try adding organic matter to it. You should choose a sunny location for your herbs but few need direct sunlight for a longer period of time. Fortunately very few insects attack herbs and they are not prone to many diseases which make their keeping very easy.
You can either buy grown herb plants or grow them from seeds. The latter option takes of course a little bit longer but it is a real joy to see the plant growing from a seed and to follow he whole process. Almost all herbs can be grow from a seed. The best way to grow herbs from a seed is to place the seeds in a box or a pot just before spring. This container should be very shallow. The soil must be very light and well drained. Be careful not to cover the seeds with a too think layer of soil as the herbs do not have deep roots. The finer the seeds, the less deep the sow. During spring, you can transplant the seedlings in the garden. Not all herbs transplant well. Be very careful with herbs like fennel, anise, coriander or dill. It might be preferable to plant these seeds directly into the garden.
Growing herbs in your garden is very pleasurable and it is not difficult if you have the right information. I have given you some information in this article and I will be happy to teach you everything I know. In fact, I gathered all my herb gardening knowledge and condensed them in an ebook so it’ll be easier to share with anyone who’s interested in growing herbs. Click here if you want to have access to this wealth of gardening information.