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What Is A Herb Garden?

Nov 15, 2007
The cultivation of herb gardens has been around for centuries and people continue to practise this activity until this day. A herb garden has a specific purpose - to grow herbal plants that can be then used for cooking or medicinal purposes. Many herbs are grown and used in alternative medicine for their healing properties while others grow them purely for ornamental and decorative reasons. Some herbs have very distinctive leave structure and beautiful flowers which is a great way to not only spruce up the appearance of a particular section of the garden, for landscaping by using herbs as borders but also to use them to add a touch of natural fragrance to the garden. Herbs such as rosemary, thyme and mint give out a stunning fragrance all year round and they are hardy plants which require very little water and low maintenance, a perfect addition to your garden.

Getting Started

The most economical and fastest way to access information on starting your own herb garden is by using the Internet. Thousands of websites are dedicated to the ins and outs of cultivating herbs in your garden. They offer invaluable insights into the characteristics of each type of herb, how to avoid certain pitfalls, how to treat certain diseases, the optimum weather conditions and soil mixture to yield a good crop and how to fend off garden pests such as snails, slugs and insects that impact the health of these plants.

You can also invest in a create-your-own-herb-garden kit. They are widely available at garden centers, all ready to be used both indoors and outdoors. All the compost is mixed for you and all you need to do is follow the instructions, sow the seeds and watch the herb grow, simple and easy. Some herbs grow all year round while others thrive during certain months of the year and require constant sunshine and watering. When the herbs have hardened in the pot or container you can then transfer them into your garden.

It is worthwhile reading up on the different herbs on things such as their growth rate, their maximum height and spread and the type of soil that is needed to promote growth prior to creating your herb garden. Some mature herbs can grow into a large tall bush which means you will need to allocate enough space for it to grow in while others such as mint leaves spread like wild fire and would benefit from growing in a pot rather than letting it run free in the garden and overtaking patches that are reserved for other herbs. No longer are herbs home grown just to add extra flavor to cooking, they are also popular in alternative medicinal purposes. Many now swear by the benefits and healing powers of herbs to treat illnesses such as the cold, headaches and pains.

Do not rush it, take your time to research the plethora of herbs and find those that are suitable to grow in your garden and use the Internet to exchange tips with other fellow herb garden enthusiasts.
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