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How to Plant Your Own Herbs

Posted on: June 8, 2010

Herbs have been around for centuries and they continue to be a very popular plant today. They’re used mainly for cooking and for medical purposes. Herbs can be used to flavor drinks and they can be eaten fresh, dried or frozen. They are also used for aromatherapy.

Many people grow their own herbs so they can enjoy the benefits of having them available whenever they want to use them. When herbs are planted and grown correctly, you can get the most from each plant and they will have the best flavor.

It doesn’t take a lot of skill to grow herbs but there are a few things that can make your efforts more productive. Since herbs play such an important role in our daily lives, it’s important to know how to grow them properly and the tips below can help.

How to plant your own herbs:

  • You don’t need any special soil for growing herbs but it does need to be in good shape. Herbs grow well in average soil combined with a small amount of organic compost. Mulch made of fine bark will help to produce plump leaves and healthier plants. You can use a little liquid fertilizer from time to time if needed to add nutrients to the soil to encourage growth.
  • Before planting your herbs turn over the soil a couple of times during the weeks before you plan to plant the seedlings. This will loosen it up and allow some air to circulate through it.
  • When it’s time to plant the seedlings dig out the holes for the herbs. Place some organic matter in the bottom of the hole and then place the plant on top and fill in the gap with soil.
  • Make sure the root ball of the herb seedling is just below ground level.
  • Mulch the area around the plants and keep the soil moist for the best results.

Choose the herbs you want to grow carefully and learn as much as you can about the particular type of herb you plan to grow. This will help you be more productive because each type of herb may need a little extra care to get the best results. If you’re new to gardening, you may want to start out with some of the easier herbs to grow and then move up to some of the harder ones later.

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