A DIY herb garden is an easy way to have fresh basil, cilantro, and other fresh herbs that will transform your recipes into masterpieces.
But if you're wondering whether a DIY herb garden is easy to set up and keep going, rest assured, it's the perfect choice for a beginner. Here are 6 helpful tips for getting started :
- Choose the place for your herb garden.
Find spot that gets full sunlight for at least six hours a day, has enough space for everything you wish to plant, and check the soil quality. Make sure to avoid grass or soil that's been treated with pesticides.
- Choose your herbs
You can choose to plant perennial herbs (sage, mint, or thyme) or annual herbs (basil, cilantro, dill). We recommend planting the ones you like and will actually eat.
Basil is popular in salads, pesto, and savory dishes, mint is used for fresh cocktails and fresh breakfast salads. You can choose to plant low-maintenance herbs including thyme and rosemary (they can survive on very little water).
- Plant the herbs.
Planting seeds is less expensive, but also less secure, and it takes more time to grow to a harvestable size. Instead, cut to the chase and put in small plants from the farmer's market.
Space herbs out (10 to 12 cm between each) since many spread as they grow. Gently remove the plant from its container, loosen the bottom roots, and then place it into a hole. Lightly pat dirt around the herb, and then water it well.
You might want to label each section with the name of the herb.
- Water and nurture the plants.
Water when the dirt is dry, during the morning hours, water spray the soil until you feel is enough – don’t overwater the soil. How often you'll need to weed is also related to rainfall.
- Pinch and prune flower buds.
If you notice flower buds forming, remove them, which will help keep the herb's flavor from turning bitter. Once this happens, the plant is signaling that its life cycle is ending. To keep this from happening, remove them as they appear.
- Keep animals away
Brace yourself: Rabbits, mice, deer, and squirrels all want a piece of your herb garden. You can plant herbs in raised boxes and enclose them with chicken wire to keep critters from stealing the harvest. Tackle insects with organic or homemade sprays, avoid any store bought aggressive sprays that can harm your herbs and yourself