by Nicole Burke, Owner of Rooted Garden
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Growing fresh kitchen herbs makes so much sense.
Grocery store herbs are expensive, hard to keep fresh, and let’s be honest: they just don’t taste that great.
But when you grow your own, you save money on those little grocery packages, you avoid the frustration of throwing away half of the package that spoiled before you used it, and you get plants that have three times the flavor (because they haven’t been sitting in a truck for three weeks).
But growing herbs can also be tricky. Lots of herbs are fussy when it comes to their environment and location. And watching a beautiful herb plant die on your watch can be devastating.
So, let’s skip the frustration, shall we?
Here are 3 things you gotta know to ensure that you’re picking herbs from your garden and not from the grocery store shelves all spring and summer long.
It seems like, ‘duh,’ but a focus on sunlight bears repeating. Herbs need sun like moms need coffee. And this is one of the reasons that it’s a little tough to grow herbs indoors. Before you try to grow an herb, you want to be super duper confident that you know how many hours of sunlight it needs…as well as what temperatures it prefers. For instance, Cilantro loves cool weather but Basil loves heat. Even if the sun is right, if the temperature isn’t, it just might be a fail. So double and triple check the sun and season requirements for each herb you plant.
Herbs aren’t just fussy about sunlight, but also about soil. The geographical origin of a plant and its root structure dictate the herb’s soil needs. The type and structure of your herb garden soil really decides how well your herb plants will grow. Lavender, for instance, needs almost sandy soil that drains super quickly. While Parsley needs a deep bed of loose and rich soil for its taproot. Be sure to know the soil needs of each herb you plant before you dig in. And if you’re unsure, you can find out the soil needs of each plant type in our great Herb Growing Guide (if you haven’t downloaded it already).
Garden centers everywhere are eager to jump on the fact that you want to grow your own herbs and they’ll gladly sell you seeds. But be careful. Lots of herbs are difficult to start from seed and do much better when grown from plants or cuttings. These include plants like Rosemary and Mint. You’ll see lots of products selling you these seeds but I promise, you’ll do better to take a cutting from a friend’s plants or just buy a small organic plant from your local nursery. If you want to know a list of which plants are best to start from seed or from plant, you’ll find the details in, you guessed it, the Herb Growing Guide that’s linked below.
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