Creating your own herb garden can be one of the most enjoyable hobbies you will ever engage in, especially if you enjoy living a natural lifestyle. Not only will you be blessed with flavorful herbs and spices that you can use in your cooking and herbs that can be used to make your own herbal products, but you will also be participating in what is a very meditative practice. Gardening, especially organic gardening can be very relaxing and peaceful, and it often helps you feel a stronger connection with nature and life. You will most likely find yourself living in more healthy ways as a result of practicing organic herbal gardening. As you can see, the benefits of having an herb garden are vast.
There are many ways to go about starting your herb garden, and the best choice will be the one that suits your personality and your lifestyle best. Here are some ways to begin:
You can start your herb plants from seeds in small pots in your kitchen, or you can even buy small plants if you prefer not to start them from seeds. This is very easy and convenient as long as you have a nice sunny window to set them by. It will allow you to have easy access to your herbs when you are cooking, and growing herbs indoors means that you can often enjoy them year round.
If you want to be able to grow a larger quantity of herbs, you can always grow them in pots outside. What’s nice about this option is that you can bring them inside when the weather gets colder or if you are going to be experiencing heavy storms. This also works well for people who either don’t have good soil or don’t have a good location in their yard to plant a garden in the ground.
This method is usually chosen by people who are a little more advanced and who have tried some gardening in pots already. With this option, the amount that you can grow is only limited by the dimensions of your garden, allowing you to plant many different varieties and larger quantities of each. You will need to be more careful about maintaining your garden and keeping it safe from pests. There are many options for getting rid of pests in a natural way. The last thing you want to do is spray chemicals on herbs you are going to eat or use on your body!
There are so many different size greenhouses available today that just about anyone can afford one and just about everyone can find room for one. With this option, you can choose to either plant your herbs in the ground inside your greenhouse or in pots. The greenhouse will help protect your herbs from animals and the elements. It also helps herbs grow faster, and it prolongs the growing season (sometimes removing the need altogether for closing up your garden for the year if you install a heater).
Don’t stress over how to begin your herbal gardening experience. You will find that it is in fact an experience; therefore you might tip your toe in the waters by starting out small and simple, but if you fall in love with it, as I have a feeling you will, you will end up trying new and more complicated techniques. Start with whatever you are comfortable with and allow your knowledge and skills to grow over time.
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I urge you to strongly consider organic herb gardening. It’s no harder than using chemicals and it is often even less expensive. The reasons this is so important are so vast that I can’t go into them in depth here, but I have included links to other websites that will give you a better understanding at the bottom of this page. For now, let me just say that the repercussions that come from using chemicals in your gardening will hurt you, your family, your neighbors, your pets, wild animals and the world at large. If you want to enjoy the natural beauty and the healing abilities that come from herbs, don’t introduce chemicals. Here are the simple steps you need to take to ensure you are practicing organic gardening at every step of the way:
How to Grow an Herb Garden from HowStuffWorks.com