OK, welcome back to herb gardens; so I've talked about how to start growing in your house, but how do you transfer those skills into a more natural environment? Let's find out!
First, select your space,
The average herb space aims to receive at least six hours of sunlight, but we can manage with an area that has slightly more shade. Another good tip would make sure your herb garden is close to your kitchen. While this may not be important to you, I don't want to run all the way around my house to my garden plot in front, so I found a place in my backyard that works for my garden without me having to become a track star to get my herbs.
Second, learn how to grow,
Each area in the ground has a different soil makeup, so it is essential to know what makes up your growing area. To cut this step out, you can purchase a good fertilizer or potting mix to ensure your plants are getting the nutrients they need. The other thing to look for in this step is good drainage opportunities. For example, if the outside plants are in window boxes or other containers, drainage options would include drilling holes to the bottom so the excess water can leave the pot. Still, if the plants are in the ground, it is essential to set up ridges in your planting so the water won't just sit on the plant's roots but instead runoff.
Third, select your plants,
We love personalization, so this is your chance to figure out what kind of herb garden you want. Salsa? Pizza? Pet-friendly? A little bit of everything? It doesn't matter; follow your heart. Just makes sure you read your plant's tags to know how to best care for them. Click here to learn the latest planting schedule for Kirksville, Missouri!
Last, plant your garden,
Finally, it's time to get down and dirty in your garden.
Again, check your plant tabs! This is so important because it maps out how to take care of your plants. It will tell you the allotted space, sunlight requirements, and the best watering options. When planting, makes sure the hole dug for each plant is the same size as the original container homing the herb or follows the seed's instructions. Then cover the plant, lightly pack in the soil, and gently water.
Voila, an herb garden!
Thank you for sticking around for both of these posts! I have been so excited to start this herb garden project, and writing this blog finally gave me the motivation and skills I needed. So, I hope this encourages some of you to create your herb gardens too!
Shoutout to BonniePlants for so much helpful information!