Though we know it is hard to believe with the cool spring we have been having, summer temperatures will be here soon. With summer weather comes fresh food, backyard parties and fresh lemonade. The best way so spice up your fresh salads and add flavor to those grilled burgers is to add your own fresh herbs! Herb gardens are quite simple so even an inexperienced gardener can handle one.
Start your garden with these easy-to-grow herbs and enjoy the health benefits of adding them to your favorite dishes.
Some herbs, such as Mint and Thyme, should be purchased as plants and transplanted or propagated by cuttings to ensure proper production.
It’s the perfect time of year so get started!
Let the sun shine
Of course, the perfect place for your herb garden would be within reach of your kitchen. If you are lucky enough to have six hours of sunlight a day near your kitchen, go for it. Otherwise, chose a sunnier spot. Also, make sure it is not a place that water pools after it rains.
Give ’em some space
Space the bedding plants about 18” apart to give them room to spread out and grow. Place taller herbs, like Sage and Rosemary, toward the back of the garden, and place Parsley and Cilantro at the front.
Loosen up that soil
If you’re using a container, plant herbs in a superior potting media, such as
Espoma’s Organic Potting Mix. In the garden, till or work the soil and fortify it by mixing in a rich organic plant food such as Espoma Garden-tone®. Plant early in the am or late in the afternoon to prevent transplants from wilting in the midday sun.
Dig a little deeper
Because you are starting some herbs from bedding plants and not seeds, you will need to create larger planting holes. Dig each hole to about twice the width of the root ball of the new plant.
Can we see some ID?
Add labels to each of your freshly planted herbs to make the easy to identify when cooking.
H2Oh! Water regularly
Once established, make sure your herbs get an inch of water each week throughout the growing season.
Information for this article came from Espoma.