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Most herbs thrive in just about any location that gives them plenty of light. Good air circulation and drainage are also important to the success of your herb garden.
The size of your herb garden, of course, depends on the space you have available for growing. Generally, an area 20-feet by 4-feet accommodates a satisfactory variety of cultivars.
The best time to amend soil with nutrient rich compost is when you till your garden plot. Herbs have coarse roots that benefit from chunky organic matter, which helps excess water drain away and also helps provide good air circulation. After planting your herbs, skirt them with a two to three-inch layer of mulch to help soil retain moisture. In addition, composting and mulching helps you maintain the neutral to slightly alkaline soil that most herbs prefer.
Many herbs overlap in category. Border a cooking herb garden with some cultivars that have ornamental or aromatic qualities as well as the culinary. However, remember that the main purpose of a culinary herb garden is for use in your kitchen.
Place herbs that you use frequently in less conspicuous areas so that you won't leave big holes in your garden when you harvest them for cooking!
If you're growing culinary herbs, plant your herb garden as close to your kitchen as possible for easy access. Herbs grown in full sun have denser foliage, darker color, and higher levels of the essential oils that add flavor to your recipes.
A great Landscaping Tip is to place a few outdoor solar lights in and around your herb garden. This adds enormous to the atmosphere of the place.
Most culinary herbs thrive under the same growth conditions as the vegetables they enhance and as such are a natural addition to your vegetable garden. Some herbs even have properties that repel common insect pests and garden diseases, which is an added benefit to your vegetables.
Nurseries usually include planting and care instructions either on an herb seed packets or informational plant stake inserted into seedling pots. Of course, you should follow these instructions. However, if you get your herbs from a friend, farmers' market or otherwise without instructions, they'll generally grow successfully if you follow a few rules of thumb.
After planting transplants or bare roots, a two to three inch layer of mulch helps to both control weeds and retain moisture.
Grow Hydroponic or Aeroponic Herbs
In addition to outdoor garden spots, you can grow herbs in patio containers, as indoor herb gardens, or in a greenhouse. As well as thriving in garden soil and potting soil, herbs also adapt easily to soil-less growing techniques like hydroponics or aeroponics.
Herbal hydroponics are amazingly effective, easy and grows very tasty herbs.
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