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Kitchen Herb Garden

Tips for Growing Herbs with Sensible Gardening and Living

The kitchen herb garden is not only practical but can also be very attractive. It need not only contain herbs, the herb garden can also have vegetables and flowers. Most vegetables and herbs require lots of sun to grow well so be sure to give your herbs the best spot for sun that you have in your garden.

Tips for Growing Herbs with Sensible Gardening and Living

Herb gardens do not have to be just a square, get creative and arrange a space in a half circle or other geometric shape. If space is not a concern add pathways dividing the plantings into separate areas and add some garden ornaments such as a bird bath or statue. You can even add some containers for the smaller growing herbs such as thymes and marjorams.

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CHIVES WITH GERMAN IRIS / Sensible Gardening and Living

When growing kitchen herbs it is always helpful if the garden can be placed as close to your kitchen door as possible. Since the main reason for growing kitchen herbs is to have a supply of fresh herbs for cooking, when you want to get a few snips of this or that you do not want to have to head out to the back field. Out of sight can become out of mind.

Basil growing at Sensible Gardening and Living
Basil Plant / Sensible Gardening

Another consideration when growing herbs is that they require good drainage. If your garden soil is always soggy you might want to construct a simple raised planting bed to keep the herb roots out of the moisture. As well, herb plants generally do not grow well under trees where they have too much competition with the tree’s roots.

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Borage / Sensible Gardening

Most herbs are fairly well behaved with the exception of mints. Unless you want them to take over your yard it is wise to plant them in a large pot and then sink the whole pot into the ground. This works very well to contain them.

Lemon Balm growing at Sensible Gardening and Living
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Herbs in general are quite drought tolerant once they are established but to get your kitchen herbs off to a good start water regularly, and supply an adequate amount of water throughout their growing season. A little work on your part and your kitchen herb garden will reward you over and over again. You can start your herb plants from seed or visit your local nurseries.