Tips for Growing Herbs
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 3:28 PM Plants A Plenty, herbs, herb gardens, quality soil, potting mix
Herb gardens are an exciting endeavor for everyone, from those who are just dabbling with their green thumbs to the most experienced gardeners. Caring for a thriving herb garden means always having fresh herbs to cook with, leaving you with delicious and budget-friendly flavorings for your meals.
Growing a herb garden might be easier than you think. Many herbs are relatively easy to grow and do not take up a lot of space, making them an excellent option for container gardening. So, if you are thinking of growing your own herbs this summer, follow these simple tips and watch the new addition to your garden flourish!
Make a Plan
Take a few minutes to consult with a local expert to learn what herbs grow well in your climate. Every plant has different requirements for sun and soil, so some front-end planning will set you up for success, especially if you plan to have your herbs share containers.
If you are short on space or newer to gardening, it is best to start small. Choose two or three herbs that you enjoy in your food to grow first. Then, you can always add to your collection as you get the hang of caring for them. Some popular options are basil, cilantro, chives, and oregano.
Choose a Sunny Spot
Choose a sunny spot, whether you are planting directly in the garden or containers. Herbs need a place to grow where they can bask in natural sunlight. If possible, choose a place where you spend a lot of time. If you see your new herbs often, you will be more likely to take care of them and use them.
Use Quality Soil
To have a thriving herb garden at your fingertips, you need the right mix of sun, water, and soil. Purchase a high-quality potting mix for your herbs that allows for adequate drainage.
Don’t Over Water or Feed
Most herbs will grow best in moist soil, but be mindful of not letting it get too wet. Make sure your plants drain through holes in their containers so that their soil does not get saturated. Herbs don’t need a lot of fertilizer either. Using too much fertilizer will produce plants with low-quality flavor.
Harvest Your Herbs
Enjoy the fruits of your labor by harvesting your herbs often. Consistent harvesting teaches the plant to branch out and fill in, growing your harvest over time. So don’t be afraid to snip and pinch back your herbs often, never cutting more than one-third of the plant away during the growing season.
Plants A Plenty is ready to help you start your herb or vegetable garden. With over 50 years of experience to share with you, we carry the freshest herbs and delicious vegetables for any size garden. Count on our gardening experts to help you learn when to plant and how to care for your garden to get the best results. Stop in today at 622 E. Cambridge Avenue in North Enid, or call us at 580.237.1394.