Sometimes you just want to do something in the garden, but you don’t really have any motivation. I wrote this article because a lot of people have trouble coming up with interesting things to do in the garden in their spare time and I thought throwing a few ideas out there might inspire! And why not?
Gardening is something I think everyone can enjoy, but not everyone is mobile enough to do some of the bigger gardening tasks. but there are smaller things that you can do in your garden that will allow for interesting and edible outcomes! Herb gardening is one of my favourite, having a selection of herbs at your finger tips will make cooking and baking a real treat, especially since fresh herbs are 100% better.
Deciding On What You Want
First things first, you’ll have to decide whether you want a herb garden that is either indoors or outdoors, outdoors will give you more of a choice in the size and shape department, depending on what your garden is like. If you’re going for an indoor garden, you are only going to be limited to the space you have around your windowsill or wherever you will be putting your new herb garden.
Starting Your Herb Garden
Buying your herbs will be the first step into the planning of your herb garden. you’ll need to decide which herbs you want, check how difficult they are to grow and you want to research which herbs will be able to grow together. I would suggest buying seedlings instead of seeds because growing from seed can be quite difficult. I would also suggest starting with some of the easier herbs such as Basil, this will allow you to see whether you are watering enough or too little, as bazil visibly wilts when it has too little water.
Once you’ve selected the herbs you’ll be using for your garden, the next step is to choose whether you will be planting directly into the ground or using a planter, hanging basket or window box. There are of course endless possibilities for containers, and it’s completely up to you what you decide.
Watering The Herbs
Making sure your herbs have enough water can be difficult and confusing at first. You don’t know whether you are giving them too much, or too little. One thing you have to remember, is herbs are not houseplants. A houseplant can take one substantial watering per week but herbs require regular watering especially in the summer. Overwatering can be negated by a simple hole in the bottom of your planter or by lining underneath your flowerbed with rocks.
Pruning your herbs might start earlier than you think, even though your plant is small and young, pruning can still benefit. To start pruning, it’s the same as every other herb, make sure you cut just above the growing leaves. This will stop the stem from growing but allow 2 new stems to grow.