Planting herbs at home without the added chemicals is a great way to benefit your health. When you grow herbs at home you will find that the taste is much better than the ones you buy at the store and you will be able to enjoy your organic herbs anytime you choose.
Herbs make wonderful additions to meals as they add great flavor, and allow you to eat less salt. Fresh herbs are also great when you are trying to lose weight because they can enhance the flavor of food and really satisfy the taste buds.
The first thing you need to do when you decide to grow an organic herb garden at home is to decide which herbs you want to plant.
If you would like to grow a chef’s organic herb garden, you should choose to plant herbs like: rosemary, thyme, basil, and parsley.
If you would like to grow a medicinal herb garden, you should plant herbs, such as: St. Johns Wart, and mint. You can also grow a tea- oriented herb garden by planting herbs such as catnip, lemon verbena, or lemon balm.
You can mix them all up or plant all of the herbs.
It is completely up to you what you decide to plant.
Steps to Start the Garden
First, you want to purchase some small flower pots. On the first layer in the bottom of the pot, you want to layer small stones, put larger stones around the drain hole of the pot. This will create a great drainage system, but, will also ensure that the roots of your plants will not rot.
Then you mix your organic potting soil with small stones, I also like to add organic hummus. This gives the plants an extra boost and you will find that they grow larger and more quickly than without the hummus. Leave about one to one and a half inches of space at the top of the pot.
Water the pots until the soil is completely soaked.
Once your soil is wet, you will use your finger to make small indents into the soil where you will place your organic herb seeds or dig a small hole for the root system of a live plant.
Cover the seeds with one half of an inch of soil and place in your window seals or on your deck.
Creating an organic herb garden is very easy, but, you must remember to check the moisture of your garden soil each and every day and water when it begins to dry out.
Another way you can create an organic herb garden at home is to build some window boxes and plant your organic herb garden in them. You can also create an organic herb garden in the yard of your home but this is not suggested. This is because herb gardens just tend to thrive more if they are planted in containers.
The process of creating your herb garden should only take a few hours depending on how many different types of herbs you are planting. Once you finish you should create a schedule for watering your garden, checking the PH levels of the soil, and ensuring your garden is receiving the correct amount of sunlight.
You should also remember that herbs love to be pruned while they are growing and this will create a bushier plant that will produce more herbs to harvest.
Make sure that you do not spray your plants with any pesticide or dust them because if you do this they will no longer be organic, but, will instead absorb the pesticide through their roots when they are watered.
Soon you will be able to harvest herbs from your very own organic herb garden to use in your recipes or teas.