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Herb Gardening Tips For Beginners

Jul 1, 2008
Herbs can be hardy plants. They are capable of doing well in poor soil, do not require very much fertilizer if any, often insect repellent, and do not need regular pruning. For these reasons, herbs can be great starter plants for new gardeners. The following are some basic herb gardening tips to get you started:

After making your choice of the herbs to grow, the next step is to ensure that you have the appropriate tools to properly care for your new plants. The two main tools you will need are a small shovel/spade and a spike or fork. If you are planting from cuttings, you can use the shovel to create a small hole. If you choose to start from seeds, you will only need to dig just below the surface. For seed planting, you will use a spike or fork for aeration of compact soil because herbs do better when they have good drainage.

If you do not have a pair of nice pruning shears then you should invest in a pair for your herb garden. Ordinary scissors are not an alternative for pruning shears. Occasionally, herbs need to be pruned and pruning shears are the only thing that can cut through thick stems.

Using a watering can may be a good means of watering your herbs and is one of the most basic herb gardening tips. The best type of watering can to use is one that has a spout with a series of small holes (as opposed to one with a single, wider opening). This type of can allows you to better regulate the amount of water you are providing your plants. This is important, for the most common mistake people make is to over water their herbs.

Obviously, watering is essential for thriving gardens. A drip or soaker hose is simple and reasonably-priced as well as automatic and efficient if your time is often limited. Depending on your climate, you may need to replace them every few years. For smaller herb and container gardens, the old standby, the watering can, is still more than sufficient.

Soaker hoses are a convenient tool that can be spread across even larger areas (say 20' x 30') in under an hour; simply create an arrangement snug to the plants and anchor it to the ground with plastic or metal spikes. When winter arrives, be sure to store your hoses. Harsh cold weather elements will clog and rot hoses after just a few seasons.

Wheelbarrows are very helpful garden tools. They help you transport seedlings to your garden that need to be transplanted. Many people put the weeds that they pull into a wheel barrow because this is easier than picking up all those pulled weeds off of the ground and makes it easier to cart them away.

In order to help reduce the need for weeding, as well as improve the soil composition of your garden, place a 3-4 inch layer of much after planting. Any or all of the following combined will make a suitable mulch: wood chips, bark, gravel, or shredded newspaper. When spreading the mulch, be sure to allow approximately one inch of open space around the base of the plant. This will assure that too much moisture and heat do not build up, as these factors can can harm plants.

As you can see, these basic herb gardening tips are not difficult at all. Purchasing some good quality tools to use as well as some seeds is a fine beginning point. Then you'll need to find a spot of nice soil and start planting!
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